$20,000 Glass Artwork Shatters To Ground After Art Critic Places Coke Can On It
By Izza Sofia, 12 Feb 2020
Image via Adriano Castelli / Shutterstock.com
An art critic has been accused of destroying a US$20,000 glass installation at the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City.
Avelina Lésper was guiding a party of guests, and began to criticize the glass sculpture by Mexican artist Gabriel Rico, titled Nimble and Sinister Tricks.
She then placed a Coca-Cola can next to the sculpture during an attempt to ridicule it, stating that the meaning of the display “would be unchanged” if the can was a part of it, NPR reports.
Unfortunately, the installation, which consisted of a sheet of glass with a stone and soccer ball suspended inside, plunged to the ground. “It was like the work heard my comment,” Lésper told local newspaper Milenno.
Lésper, however, didn’t seem affected at all, and declared to NPR that she had made the artwork “better by ruining it.”
Galeria OMR, the gallery that showcased the artwork, was displeased about Lésper’s behavior, and said she had shown “a great lack of respect and professionalism.”
The gallery stressedthat as a member of the art community, she could have been a “better example” in demonstrating the “etiquette of attending an art event.” Frowned-upon antics include touching an artwork and “[making] an intervention in a work of art.”
Lésper reportedly offered to compensate for the repair of the sculpture, but the art fair’s organizers and Rico are still considering steps to take after the unfortunate incident.
The artist behind the work has also expressed disappointment at the affair, commenting that the critic was being “disrespectful” to the gallery’s installations. “This is a regrettable situation,” Rico said in a statement.
#Tragedia en @ZonaMaco protagonizada por la pseudo y autoproclamada crítica de arte #AvelinaLésper. Tras su visita al espacio de @galeriaomr rompió la obra de #GabrielRico. Ni siquiera se disculpó y huyó.#Denunciemod— Alfonso Miranda M (@A_mirandam) February 9, 2020
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ccp. @Carlos_Milenio pic.twitter.com/hhUvp0AYpL
#Tragedia en @ZonaMaco dicen que fue la autoproclamada crítica de arte #AvelinaLésper. Tras su visita al espacio de @galeriaomr rompió la obra de #GabrielRico. Ni adiós dijo! :D#ZONAMACO #artfairmexico #Mexicocity pic.twitter.com/LHyDJAzMX6— Giovanni Emmanuel (@topiltzingio) February 9, 2020
[via People, opening image via Adriano Castelli / Shutterstock.com]
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