Art critic Avelina Lésper says she accidentally shattered a glass installation at the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City on Saturday.
The piece, by Mexican artist Gabriel Rico, featured natural and found objects suspended in glass and was on display in the booth of OMR gallery. Lésper reportedly placed an empty soda can on the sculpture to show her disdain for the work.
“It was like the work heard my comment and felt what I thought of it,” Lésper said in a video statement for the Mexican publisher Milenio. “The work shattered into pieces and collapsed and fell on the floor.”
Entitled Nimble and sinister tricks (To be preserved with out scandal and corruption) I (2018), the piece was priced at about $20,000.
OMR gallery issued a statement, saying, “Although it seems to have been accidental and is irrelevant as to how it happened, the action of Ms. Lésper of getting too close to the work of art to put a can of soda on it and take a picture to make a criticism, had undoubtedly caused the destruction, and is above all, a huge lack of professionalism and respect.”