'an exhibition that reveals art’s greatest potential' - The Times
Ai Weiwei is one of China's most important contemporary artists. Born in China in 1957, Ai grew up largely in work camps where his father, a dissident poet, was sentenced to manual labour. He later moved to New York before returning to China in 1993. Ai is renown for producing provocative art which comments on issues such as creative freedom, censorship and human rights within Chinese society.
This catalogue was published to coincide with a major exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2015 - Ai's first major exhibition in Britain. Curated in collaboration with the artist, the show presented some of his most important works from 1993 right up to present day. The show also included specially created installations and artworks, constructed from materials as diverse as marble, bicycles and furniture.
The handsome catalogue of the show includes an interview with Ai by Tim Marlow, and contributions from a team of scholars, analysing the variety of Ai’s output and concerns. The artist took a keen interest in the publication, not only designing pages but also creating a new artwork that is reproduced on the cover.
- Author: Tim Marlow, Director, Royal Academy of Arts
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Date published: March 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1910350539
- Dimensions: 30.8 x 29.2 x 2.9 cm
★★★★★ 'Momentous and moving' - The Guardian
★★★★★ 'a once-in-a-lifetime privilege' - Culture Whisper
★★★★★ 'an exhibition that plays with perceptions, touches on the chords of the heart, asks inconvenient questions and sheds light on truths one might not be ready to see' - The Upcoming
Essential viewing, and the most significant contemporary exhibition staged by the Royal Academy this century' - The Financial Times
'This is an exhibition that reveals art’s greatest potential' - The Times
'a chance to analyze this extraordinary artist in both his “activist” mode and also experience the pure aesthetic pleasure that is imbued through his use of materials, technical virtuosity, scale and repetition' - The Independent
'remarkable, defiant, honest and grandiose' - Aesthetica Magazine
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