Requesting permission to be an Ai Weiwei groupie

4 thoughts on “Requesting permission to be an Ai Weiwei groupie”

  1. Wow, he is incredible and so, so, brave! I’m a fan of his now! If only, we all had the courage, caring and ability to speak out on such important issues affecting our world.

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  2. Fab news from the Phoenix Art Museum: It’s hosting Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold” from October 2015 through January 2016. You’ll see how Ai took as his inspiration 12 bronze sculptures of Chinese zodiac creatures that once graced an elaborate Qing dynasty fountain in Yuanming Yuan, an 18th century imperial retreat outside Beijing. The heads were looted by British and French troops in the Second Opium War in 1860. Today many view them as a symbol of cultural theft. The artist recreated them in 2010 as a subversive commentary on the nature of looting and repatriation (information courtesy of PAM).

    Also, see what the artist is up to now with this video from the New York Times. Hint: panda bears.

    *** 2018 update from an “Art in America” story, partly about Ai’s documentary “Human Flow” and partly questioning whether the artist’s fame has become a liability. His work is not without its critics, but he claims that if he’s not afraid of the Chinese government (which recently destroyed his Beijing studio), then why should he be intimidated by critics.


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