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Art critic ‘accidentally’ destroys $20K installation at Mexico fair

An art critic said she accidentally destroyed a $20,000 installation at a Mexico fair after placing a soda can near it in disdain. Avelina Lésper said the piece — consisting of a large pane of glass with random objects like a soccer ball and feather suspended inside — exploded when she put her empty drink near it to express her disapproval Saturday at the Zona Maco fair. “It was like the work heard my comment and felt what I thought of it,” Lésper said in a video statement for Milenio, a Mexican media group that publishes her columns. “The work shattered into pieces and collapsed and fell on the floor.” The critic apologized for what she said was a “lamentable incident” that “wasn’t intentional.” Still, the ga ...