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Florida Artist Apologizes For Smashing $1M Vase

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release

Updated: February 18, 2014, 5:45pm

MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida artist is apologizing for smashing a vase valued at $1 million that was part of a museum exhibit by noted Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Maximo Caminero told The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1kSIpWF) Tuesday that he had no right to destroy someone else's art. The vase was one of 16 in an Ai installation at the new Perez Art Museum Miami. Police said Caminero told them he smashed the vase Sunday to protest the lack of support for local artists rather than international ones.

Caminero canceled a planned Tuesday news conference and did not respond to telephone messages left by The Associated Press. A note on his studio door said his lawyer advised against commenting.

Caminero is charged with criminal mischief over $1,000, which is a felony.


Associated Press News Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida artist is facing criminal charge after smashing a $1 million vase at Miami's new art museum in what police say appears to be a form of protest.

Police say 51-year-old Maximo Caminero was charged with criminal mischief after Sunday's incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami. A security guard told officers that Caminero picked up a colored vase by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. When told to put it down, the security guard said Caminero smashed it on the floor.

A police affidavit says Caminero told officers he broke the vase to protest the museum's lack of local artist displays.

Caminero is a painter living in Miami. He declined comment when reached by phone Monday, saying he planned a news conference Tuesday.


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