The thing is, since nobody knows what art is anymore, plenty of people assumed that rather than witnessing an actual stabbing, it was all just some sort of weird piece of performance art. Once the police had gotten control of the situation, plenty of other people assumed that the section blocked off with police tape wasn’t a crime scene, but just another exhibit.
The alleged stabber in the Miami Art Basel has been identified as 24-year-old Siyuan Zhao of New York.
New York woman Siyuan Zhao was arrested after stabbing another woman during a fight at the popular Art Basel show in Miami, prompting at least one patron to think he was watching performance art.
The crazed attacker, later identified as New Yorker Siyuan Zhao, slashed and stabbed her victim in the arms and neck with an X-Acto knife Friday night during an exhibiton at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Miami Herald reported.
The suspect was named in a police report obtained by WPLG.
The pair had gotten into a fight after the victim confronted Zhao about following her around the celebrity-studded art show and bumping into her several times, the report states.
“I had to kill her and two more,” Zhao told cops as she was arrested.
“I had to watch her bleed.”
Event attendees told the the Herald the two women scrapped near an installation called “The Swamp of Sagittarius” by Miami artist Naomi Fisher.
Fisher said she was at her exhibit when she heard a scuffle and later saw a woman being wheeled away by paramedics around 5:30 p.m.
“A guy walked up to me and said, ‘I thought I saw a performance, and I thought it was fake blood, but it was real blood.’”
Others believed the police tape cordoning off an area of the convention center was part of an art installation and had no idea the attack had taken place.
The victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Zhao faces attempted murder charges.
Event organizers had ramped up security at this year’s event in wake of last week’s mass shooting in California and called the bizarre attack “an isolated incident that was immediately secured.”
“Our thoughts are with the victim,” Art Basel Miami Beach spokeswoman Sara Fitzmaurice said in an email to the Associated Press.
Gregg Hill, a sculptor visiting from New York, told the Herald he saw the victim being wheeled out on a gurney but never suspected she was the victim of a violent act.
“I thought a piece of art fell on her,” he said.
“I never would have thought there would be a stabbing at Art Basel. People didn’t really know what had happened. It was calm and everyone was milling around and talking.”
I’m not an expert on art exhibit etiquette or crime scene protocol, but maybe, just maybe, they should have shut that whole area down in the wake of a stabbing. It just seems weird that after something like that everyone would just be like “yeah, so, continue looking at the art. Pay no attention to the brutal attack that just occurred or the active crime scene right over there.”
How long do you think it will be before the first art school paper turns up with the thesis that even if it wasn’t meant to be, the stabbing was in fact art, because it doesn’t matter what the artist’s intentions were? I’m guessing someone will turn that in on Monday.
It’s certainly been tough to top the notorious “dropped glove at MoMA,” but this stabbing may have finally dethroned it.
Guy dropped his glove on the floor here at MoMA and everyone is nervously stepping around it, unsure if it’s art. pic.twitter.com/LeRHQaKmvX
— Tennessee Grimes (@10ehC) January 10, 2015
Woman Stabbed At Art Exhibit, Attendees Think It’s Art