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FINE PRINT

Damage Inc.

This past February, a man walked into the Pérez Art Museum Miami and, in an alleged act of protest, grabbed a sculptural work from a pedestal and smashed it to the ground. The sculpture, a painted Han Dynasty-era jar from Ai Weiwei's Colored Vases project (2006–12), was initially valued by the museum at USD 500,000.

But something more perplexing informs this deliberate act of alleged heresy. The perpetrator, Maximo Caminero, based his action in part on Ai's own dispassionate and iconoclastic artistic project, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995), in which Ai deliberately dropped

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