Artist Pleads Guilty to Smashing Ai Weiwei Vase

  • August 14, 2014 23:03

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Vases by artist Ai Weiwei

A Florida artist has pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief charge for destroying a vase that was part of the Perez Art Museum Miami's debut exhibition of works by renowned Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Maximo Caminero picked up the vase and threw it in February of this year. He then told museum security that he was protesting the museum's showing of an international artist's work instead of that of local artists, according to the affidavit. He has.agreed to 18 months’ probation, payment of $10,000 restitution to an insurance company for the shattered vase and 100 hours of community service at local art programs. 

Caminero also wrote a letter of apology, saying that his protest was in error.



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