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Fla. artist apologizes for smashing $1M vase

Wednesday - 2/19/2014, 2:41am  ET

In this undated photo made available by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, shows a series of 16 vases that are part of an installation by Chinese artist Wei Wei and currently on display at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. Artist Maximo Caminero broke one of the vases on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. Caminero told officers he broke the vase to protest the museum's lack of local artist displays and because "the museum only displayed international artists' art," according to the affidavit. The Wei Wei exhibit was to be displayed next at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Museum of Art)

MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida artist is apologizing for smashing a vase valued at $1 million that was part of a museum exhibit by noted Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Maximo Caminero told The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1kSIpWF ) Tuesday that he had no right to destroy someone else's art. The vase was one of 16 in an Ai installation at the new Perez Art Museum Miami. Police said Caminero told them he smashed the vase Sunday to protest the lack of support for local artists rather than international ones.

Caminero canceled a planned Tuesday news conference and did not respond to telephone messages left by The Associated Press. A note on his studio door said his lawyer advised against commenting.

Caminero is charged with criminal mischief over $1,000, which is a felony.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com


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