Miami artist apologizes for breaking Ai Weiwei vase, pleads guilty

By Daniel S Levine,

A Miami artist, who broke a vase turned into art by world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in February, has apologized for his actions. He appeared in court on Wednesday and agreed to plead guilty.

Maximo Caminero agreed to pay $10,000 in restitution in exchange for the guilty plea. He will also do 100 hours of community service by teaching art classes, reports Reuters. He also received a two-day jail sentence, but was given credit for time served while in custody.

“I was wrong. I think about what I did every day and I find it hard to live with what I did because it still haunts me,” the Dominican-born artist said in a his written apology.

As we reported back in February, Caminero snuck into the Perez Art Museum to break one of 16 vases that were part of the “Ai Weiwei: According To What?” exhibit. He was trying to make a point by criticizing the museum’s decision to highlight internationally known artists, rather than supporting local art.

Ai himself commented on Caminero’s actions, telling the Associated Press at the time, “Damaging other people's property or disturbing a public program doesn't really support his cause.”

The vase was actually a centuries old urn from the Han Dynasty. Ai splashed paint on it and other ancient Chinese vases as part of his “Colored Vases” art piece.



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