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Fred Snitzer Says Urn Smashing Was "Crap," Calls Máximo Caminero "A Disgruntled Wacko"

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Snitzer -- a mainstay of the Miami art world for more than 30 years, including a decade in Wynwood -- started the interview by saying he wasn't sure why we were writing about Caminero.

"What is that conversation? Whether or not it is legitimate to destroy another artist's work?" he asked. "He's a disgruntled wacko."

"The whole idea of local disenfranchised artists with gripes, it's sort of like saying that if your kid can't get into Harvard, it must be Harvard's fault. Most of the time if your kid can't get into Harvard, your kid isn't good enough."

The issue is simpler, he said.

"Good artists get shown and good artists sell, and bad artists don't. There is no indication this guy is a good artist. I hope he doesn't come and blow me up for saying that."

Snitzer said Caminero's complaints -- that art fairs are too exclusive, galleries too expensive, and museums too politicized for local artists -- doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

"Come on. There is so much attention in this town and so much activity and so much exposure," he said. "Of all the things that one could protest in the world, this is not one of them."

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.