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Witnesses Mistake Stabbing At Art Basel Event As Performance Art

Miami’s annual Art Basel draws thousands of celebrities, artists, art enthusiasts, and partygoers from all over the world every December — making for an interesting mix of characters on the streets of South Beach. Two women got into an intense argument while attending an exhibit on Friday night…but since the women were positioned so near to other pieces of contemporary art, no one realized the heated exchange was indeed real. Not even when one woman pulled out a sharp object and stabbed the other repeatedly in the arms and neck.

Via PageSix:

One woman stabbed another during a fight at world-famous Art Basel Miami Beach, causing at least one patron to think he was watching performance art.

Miami Beach Detective Kathleen Prieto told the Miami Herald the suspect stabbed the victim’s arms and neck during Friday’s fight. She said the victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested.

The fight happened near an exhibit by artist Naomi Fisher. She told the Herald one witness thought it was a performance with fake blood until he realized the blood was real.

The paper says others thought the police tape cordoning the area was an installation.

Art Basel Miami Beach spokeswoman Sara Fitzmaurice said in an email to The Associated Press Friday, “The attack was an isolated incident that was immediately secured. Our thoughts are with the victim.”

Damn!!! Hopefully she will be alright. We wonder how many people walked by without helping, or even took pics with their phones while this attack took place?? SMH.



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