C’mon, Drop a Vase

| February 19, 2014

The latest on the case of the dropped vase…


My read on this is Ai Weiwei is not at all clear that his piece could hardly ask any harder for someone to drop a vase, and that conversely Maximo Caminero may have no idea that he was simple doing what was suggested, statement of political solidarity notwithstanding.

The photo is illuminating.

Ai Weiwei’s “Colored Vases” (2006–12) and “Dropping a Han-Dynasty Urn” (1995) on view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, before the vandalism (photo by Patrick Farrell for Visit Florida, via Flickr)

Is “Dropping a Han-Dynasty Urn” the instructional manual for “Colored Vases” or is “Colored Vases” the participatory portion of “Colored Vases”?

Meanwhile, the artworld gets to speculate on the cost of a busted vase (and what is it with museum’s dreams of falling urns?!) as a distraction from the fact that this could not have gone better…

Shia LaBeouf, it is rumored, is planning to glue together the shards (but in the form of a car.)