Tag Archives: Ai Wei Wei

For Whom (and What) Does an Artist Truly Perform?

What does artist Ai Weiwei’s complex identity as an activist mean for artists campaigning on human rights   There were two years, 2011 and 2015, that well-known Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, appeared near the top of Art Review’s “Power 100,” a ranking of the most influential people in the contemporary art world. Both years happened to coincide with events connected to his arrest by the …

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The Lost Art of Curating

The problem of curating art for block-busters It struck with magical force, a grove of reconstructed ancient trees bolted into the square, patterning a bare, solid, organic awkwardness against Georgian facades. The unmediated surprise of it invited entry, exploration, touch, curiosity – wonder. Such was the impact of Ai Weiwei’s ‘Tree 2009-10, 2015’ before I had even stepped inside the …

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Ai Weiwei – Exhibition Royal Academy of Art

Al Weiwei is the darling child and poster artist of the Western Art World. I am not passing comment on his art, just the system. He says, “Everything is Art and everything is political.” We, as sluggish, and self centred Westerners, are quite happy for Al Weiwei to cause trouble for the Chinese government. In so doing we use the …

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