Fla. artist smashes $1M vase in Miami museum

CREATED Feb. 17, 2014

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MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida artist is facing criminal charge after smashing a $1 million vase at Miami's new art museum in what police say appears to be a form of protest.
Police say 51-year-old Maximo Caminero was charged with criminal mischief after Sunday's incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami. A security guard told officers that Caminero picked up a colored vase by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. When told to put it down, the security guard said Caminero smashed it on the floor.
A police affidavit says Caminero told officers he broke the vase to protest the museum's lack of local artist displays.
Caminero is a painter living in Miami. He declined comment when reached by phone Monday, saying he planned a news conference Tuesday.

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