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Monday, February 17, 2014

"Florida Man" (Unintentionally?) Does Something Artistically Interesting

Posted by Alison Hallett on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

• "@FloridaMan" is the best Twitter feed on the internet.

• According to the Miami New Times, the Florida Man who destroyed an Ai Wei Wei vase at the Pérez Art Museum Miami was protesting the museum's bad track record when it comes to showing the work of local artists: "I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here," he's quoted as saying. "They have spent so many millions now on international artists. It's the same political situation over and over again. I've been here for 30 years and it's always the same."

• Ai Wei Wei is one of the most celebrated artists in the world, known for his relentless critiques of China's human rights record. (If you haven't seen the documentary Never Sorry, I recommend it.)

• In 2010, the Museum of Contemporary Craft ran an exhibit of Ai Wei Wei's work called Dropping the Urn, which featured a photograph of Wei Wei deliberately smashing a Han dynasty urn on the ground.

= Clearly, @FloridaMan is a high-concept performance artist and TBA should book him at once.


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