Miami Shores Britto Sculpture Vandalized Again

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A Romero Britto beach ball sculpture outside the Miami Shores Country Club was vandalized for a second time on Saturday. In June, an anonymous tagger spray-painted the words "Not Art" on the polka-dotted and striped ball. The paint was promptly removed, but the controversy surrounding the Brazilian artist's monopoly on Miami's public art sustained.

On Saturday, Miamism blogged that the beach ball was tagged again, this time with the words "meaningless bliss" and "error."

The latest tag appears more stylized than the first, and the choice of words more indirect. Is this the work of the same tagger? Or is the sculpture, which is highly visible from Biscayne Boulevard, simply an easy target?

A few blocks north on Biscayne, you'll likely encounter unmarked vans selling rip-off Britto art work. The man is popular enough to inspire knock-offs and fill a storefront gallery on Lincoln Road, but a lot of Miami is furiously against Britto as the unofficial art laureate of Miami. His geometric splats and smiling cats are about as characteristic of our city as the nickname Magic City.

And so the debate continues: Is it vandalism to alter public sculptures that have been forced so relentlessly on our cityscape? Considering the level of vitriol surrounding Britto's omnipresence in our city, these Miami Shores taggings almost seem tame. After all, just last year, a group threatened to chug gallons of milk and barf-bomb the city's Britto public art sculptures.

And as far as the choice of words, we get the "error" part and the "meaningless." But we're still looking out for the "bliss."

To read more on Britto's questionable art empire, read writer Natalie O'Neill's "For Romero Britto, Luck and Charm Trump Talent" and Jose D. Duran's "Five Miami Artists Better Than Romero Britto."

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26 comments
lionelsuarez1977
lionelsuarez1977

Realism has been replaced with abstraction because this is the only way talentless people can pretend to have talent. Britto is like punk music, no talent and pretty much a gimmick. Its only popular because the Miami Yuppies, who are all mindless followers of gimmicks took on Britto like some sort of religion. You know the types....walking around in their loafers, pushing around their overpriced strollers, pretending to be cultured when they're really just mindless posers. I see this vandalism is a victory of the human spirit.

williams_john
williams_john

s for Brito - he can suck it. I'm tired of the city/county trying to cram his pre-schooler coloring book crap-art down our throats. Last thing I want to see going to a Miami Dolphins' game is a stairwell plastered with the same crap designs that are slapped on girls' overpriced tote bags.britto

slander fighter
slander fighter

The van on biscayne selling Britto framed prints are real.Ms cCoqudale should get her facts straight. Britto sells wholesale.wholesaler then frame and sell.The man in the van buys from wholesalers.He is an honest hard working man.I have bought several from him. I have referred many people to him.They all have been happy with their purchase.His prices are reasonable  and a graet value.

Kevin Arrow
Kevin Arrow

Vandals ought to realize that Mr. Britto is most likely paid a hefty sum to clean and revitalize these sculptures,  by vandalizing his work they are helping him become a richer man.

Brad Knoefler
Brad Knoefler

A lot of people succeed in Miami not because they are talented or competent, but because they are politically connected.  If Britto has a monopoly on publicly funded art with taxpayer dollars in Miami, what does that say?

Green Eyed Monster
Green Eyed Monster

here's an idea for you, new times...why don't you guys write an article about art but not about britto and see if you can get as many comments as you can when it is about britto.  i think you'll see that you can't get the same response because as much as you say you guys dislike him, it's obvious that he's still the most popular because he is who your readers waste their time commenting about.  i don't see as many readers commenting on your articles about lebo, gamson, jen stark, or even friendswithyou (who you guys seem to love but at the end of the day, show many similar themes in their work that britto does).  i bet you secretly carry a britto umbrella and drink out of a britto coffee mug.  maybe you say you don't like him, but you do cover every single aspect of his career, just hoping that maybe it will help your career and get more traffic on the new times website.  if you loathed britto the way you say you do, then don't try to constantly start discussions about him and how his art is "not art."  this is only news because you make it news.  you are saying you don't approve of defacing public art but in constantly updating your anti-britto rants, you are just perpetrating the problem and giving more idiot dash kids a reason to buy more spraypaint.  i hope whoever did this gets caught just so that we don't have to see anything they've spraypainted ever again. 

Serge Cruz Jr
Serge Cruz Jr

love em or hate em the dude's an artist.. no one's work should be disrespected like that...the day the KKK start putting their around the a city I'll be all about vandalism #haters

Serge Cruz Jr
Serge Cruz Jr

love em or hate em the dude's an artist.. no one's work should be disrespected like that...the day the KKK start making art pieces I'll be all about vandalism #haters

Nightstalker4848
Nightstalker4848

I find britto to be a picasso ripoff artist.. I was just walking past his shop on miami beach the other day saying how much of a picasso wannabe this guy is.. And funny enough I see from this piece that other people aren't big fans either. lol. Not to say someone should de-face his artwork but damn im sick of all the fruity colors. Don't we have some else that can put up some interesting miami art pieces...

sweetH20
sweetH20

Ok, I'm done hating Britto. It was fun for a while, but I never really cared. Now someone please tell us what's the next cool thing to do.~

Racheldarah
Racheldarah

I love the New Times-- follow-up and all!  Thanks.

zdiddy888
zdiddy888

I for one love street art and I am aware that most of the time it carries an angst-filled, anti-establishment message, but to deface ANOTHER piece of art is tactless and wrong. If you want to defame an artist do so on your own work, your own canvas - hell, it worked for Warhol.

As for Brito - he can suck it. I'm tired of the city/county trying to cram his pre-schooler coloring book crap-art down our throats. Last thing I want to see going to a Miami Dolphins' game is a stairwell plastered with the same crap designs that are slapped on girls' overpriced tote bags.

YoMaMa
YoMaMa

I am 100% in support!!! Hit up the one in Miami Beach next please secret avenger!!!! Take em down one at a time!!!

Fuffypants
Fuffypants

nice. unfortunately true... this city can shape up to L.A. ... lame

YoMaMa
YoMaMa

Why u gotta be saying "DASH KIDS" yo?

2top
2top

Not art factory graphics. He ripped off Keith Haring (RIP) big time.

Professor
Professor

if you knew anything about art you would realize the VAST differences in the work of britto and picasso

Russian Bride
Russian Bride

only lame ass dash freaks would use the pseudonym "yomama"

Nightstalker4848
Nightstalker4848

Oh im sorry im not an art expert.. I can only afford those color by number sets just like Mr. Britto does.. lol

Fuffypants
Fuffypants

seems like you have a VAST asshole professor. it's an opinion

SUCK MY xxxx
SUCK MY xxxx

Only one huge ass FAT hooker would label themselves "Russian Bride" . U must be one of those poor suckers who never made it into a magnet because YO MAMA told u were pretty and talented and YO MAMA was really a sad alcoholic.

Silly Billy
Silly Billy

he doesn't need paint by numbers! he has interns who do it for him.  and if they use paint by numbers, he should get better interns!

Nightstalker4848
Nightstalker4848

and OPINIONS ARE LIKE assholes, everyone has one there Professor A-HOLE :)  It's pretty funny maybe to a fine tuned expert like yourself there is a VAST difference. But to most people. You know the people who actually buy 20,000 dollar art piece cuz they think it looks "pretty", most of them say that his work resembles picasso.... I hear it time and time again....

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