Art critic Avelina Lésper apologizes for shattering $20K art piece at art fair

10/02/2020
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Art critic Avelina Lésper apologizes for shattering $20K art piece at art fair
Avelina Lésper shared a video where she apologizes, although she claims she didn’t touch the glass installation - Photo: Still taken from Lésper’s video

Art critic Avelina Lésper apologizes for shattering $20K art piece at art fair

10/02/2020
12:01
Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English
Mexico City
Sonia Sierra
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Art critic Avelina Lésper told her side of the story and apologized for the incident at Zona Maco

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After the incident where a Gabriel Rico piece shattered at the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City, art critic Avelina Lésper told her side of the story and apologized but claims she didn’t even touch the glass installation; Lésper is known for her harsh critiques on contemporary art and her book, which labels contemporary art as a fraud.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lésper argues that it could have happened to anyone, including museums or the art collector. Moreover, the controversial art critic compared the incident to Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass); a large glass piece that broke while it was transported.

In the video, Lésper explains that she “had an empty soda can on my hand, first I placed it on the floor to show that the object was still there, identical, that they could be two balls as well as two cans. I raised the can and gesturing (that I would) place it on top of the rock, I moved (the can) closer to the rock, at that moment, as if the piece had heard my comment and had felt what I thought about it, it shattered and collapsed. There’s nothing I could do, I was paralyzed.”

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Avelina Lésper added that the gallery staff made a scandal and said she tried to flee the scene, something she denies. Then she talked to the gallery owner, discussed the events, and told him she could not pay for the piece.

She added that she didn’t break the piece, didn’t touch it and that she “doesn’t destroy objects. I have a column (in a newspaper) and my critique to say what I think about the pieces.”

Gabriel Rico has yet to address the incident.

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On February 10, muralist Pavel Égüez shared pictures of the art critic near the Gabriel Rico piece minutes before it shattered.

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