Critic Breaks Artwork at the Zona Maco Fair: 'It...felt what I thought of it'

  • February 09, 2020 19:03

  • Email
Gabriel Rico, Nimble and sinister tricks (To be preserved with out scandal and corruption) I (2018) before it shattered.
©GABRIEL RICO/COURTESY OMR, MEXICO CITY

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.”

Read more at Associated Press


  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

ARTFIXdaily Closed Week of Feb. 17

  • ArtfixDaily / February 16th, 2020

ARTFIXdaily will be closed the week of February 17. E-newsletter service for subscribers will resume on February ...

Read More...
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions) at NeueHouse, Los Angeles.  Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Barbara Kruger Has Some Big 'Questions' Popping Up Around L.A. During Frieze Week

  • ArtfixDaily / February 13th, 2020

'Who Buys the Con?' is one of 20 questions that renowned conceptual artist Barbara Kruger poses to passersby. For ...

Read More...
Elisabeth Wild, Untitled (181), 2018.  Collage on paper, 28.8 x 16.7 cm.

Collage Artist Elisabeth Wild, Whose Career Took Off in Her 90s, Remembered

  • ArtfixDaily / February 13th, 2020

Collage artist Elisabeth Wild has passed away, age 98, at her home in Guatemala.  Wild recently designed the ...

Read More...
Portrait of Joyce J.  Scott Photo: Christina Marie Hicks

American Craft Council Celebrates 50 Years of Awards - Check Out the Remarkable Work of This Year's Honorees

  • ArtfixDaily / February 12th, 2020

The American Craft Council (ACC), a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing American craft, is celebrating 50 ...

Read More...

ARTFIXdaily Artwire