Witnesses thought woman stabbed at Art Basel was performance art

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – When a woman was stabbed at an art exhibition, onlookers assumed she was part of the show.

A fight between two women escalated into a stabbing Friday night at Art Basel Miami Beach. It happened inside the show’s main event at the Miami Beach Convention Center around 5:30 p.m., police told The Miami Herald.

The victim was stabbed with an X-Acto knife in the arms and neck. One witness told the Herald she heard the victim scream, and saw the victim lying on the ground bleeding with what appeared to be a pen in her neck.

Other guests at the show thought the stabbing was a performance art presentation, and that police tape in the area was part of the art installation.

“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,” one witness told the Herald.

The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries while the suspect was arrested at the scene and remains unidentified. The two women were both patrons of the show, police say.