"I have not the right to break his piece. I feel sorry for that," Caminero, 51, told the
For its part, the museum remained open Tuesday -- with extra security around the exhibition.
"The bottom line is this was an act of vandalism and it's disparagable and terrible," said
On Sunday, Caminero visited the museum and its politically charged showcase into Chinese culture and history. The show includes a collection of vases, dipped by the artist in paint, that Ai has represented as from the Han Dynasty. That would make them more than 2,000 years old. Another component of the exhibit features a series of three black-and-white photos of the artist, in protest mode, as he holds a Chinese vase and lets it smash to the ground.
According to the police report, Caminero picked up one of the vases and refused a security staffer's order to put the piece down. Instead -- crash -- Caminero broke the vase on the floor. He told the arresting officer that he smashed the artwork in protest on behalf of local artists who he felt were slighted in favor of international artists at the new
"I was never against the art they were showing at the PAMM," said Caminero. "I never said that. I have no problem with international artists showing here. I cannot talk about my situation," he said.
"But I'd like to bring the message I feel sorry for the inconvenience," he said. "So many artists are supporting me, and eventually you'll see it."
"People that are working artists in the community...have almost universally denounced this kind of behavior," he said.
Since the incident, PAMM has reiterated the involvement of local artists. The museum currently runs AMERICANA, an exhibit featuring local artists
"It's just ludicrous to suggest that we don't respect or show
"His intention wasn't an act of vandalism," said Gonzalez, the force behind
"He's very touched and concerned with what Weiwei is going through in
Ai Weiwei, however, expressed another viewpoint in an interview with CNN. Yes, he's been photographed dropping vases as a form of protest. One famed photographic exhibit in 1995, Dropping the Urn, depicts Ai Weiwei dropping a centuries- old Han Dynasty urn. But no, Caminero's action isn't the equivalent in the international artist's view.
"My work belongs to me, it doesn't belong to the public, and also it doesn't belong to somebody else," Ai told CNN.
"I don't really care much, and actually my work is often damaged in different shows, because it's fragile so normally I don't take these things too highly," Ai said. "Damage is damage, you know. If they have insurance, maybe it will be covered."
The entire exhibition was insured in collaboration with other institutions that have hosted the traveling show, according to PAMM.
Standish and other said they don't believe the incident will tarnish the reputation of the museum, which opened its new Herzog &
"All we've received is a lot of support and a lot of people saying that they're so disappointed that this happened," Standish said.
"I don't think the act of vandalism will be a big black eye to the museum," he said. "These security things, people vandalizing, they happen once in a while. There will probably be some circling of the wagons at the museum and talking about security."
While Standish commended the actions of security workers who handled the incident Sunday, she said the amount of security around the show has "naturally" been increased. And she said security measures change frequently.
"We are constantly assessing the level of security that we have; every exhibition is different, they have different requirements," she said. "It's always in flux."
Scholl, who with his wife Debra donated about 300 works to PAMM early last year, said the events that unfolded Sunday have not made him regret that decision.
"We gave a significant amount of very fragile art to the museum last year," he said. "We have absolutely zero concerns about that, given their security policy, and this incident tells you how closely they're watching and being careful."
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