A Florida artist is facing criminal charges for deliberately smashing a vase by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. He was protesting. I guess big pieces of poster board and black Sharpies aren’t his style.
Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief after breaking the $1m (£600,000) vase on Sunday in Miami. Police say Mr Caminero told them he broke the art work in protest at the Perez Art Museum Miami’s failure to exhibit work by local artists. Mr. Ai said he did not support artists destroying other artists’ work.
A security guard told cops that Caminero picked a vase up off the display, was told to put it down, but smashed it on the floor anyway.
The museum is holding an exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s work until mid-March. Ironically, one of the works of art includes a piece called Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn in which…wait for it…Weiwei smashes ancient Chinese vase. Behind the installation of vases, the spot where Caminero got the vases, are a series of black and white photos showing Weiwei holding a vase and then letting it drop to the ground. This all sounds like a WWE plotline. When is the cage match?
Let’s watch Caminero drop the vase and not give a single fuck.
[via BBC News]