Phaidon Press Ltd.
- The first comprehensive monograph on this key figure in China’s burgeoning art scene
- Often working with ancient materials – beams from destroyed temples, Han dynasty urns – Ai Weiwei (b.1957) creates ingenious sculptures that break new artistic ground while commenting on the rapid transformation of contemporary China
- Ai Weiwei’s work is consistently innovative and unmistakably original, ranging from his sculptures and photographs to his numerous architectural commissions, and recalls the work of his artistic forebears Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol
- A towering figure whose influence can be seen in the multiplicity of his roles: not just an artist, designer and architect, but also curator, publisher, web blogger and cultural compass for an entire generation of Beijing artists
* Survey by Karen Smith, Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Focus by Bernard Fibicher, Artist's Choice by Ai Qing, Writings by Ai Weiwei
Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London. He has played a pivotal role in major international exhibitions and biennials, including Manifesta 1 (Rotterdam, 1996), the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and the 3rd Yokohama Triennale (2008). His numerous books include Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews, Vol. 1 (2003) and do it (2005), as well as a series of book-length interviews with artists and architects (including Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans and Zaha Hadid), which he began in 2007.
Karen Smith is a curator and critic who has been based in Beijing since 1992. Author of Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde in New China (2006), she has curated numerous exhibitions of Chinese art, including ‘The Chinese’ at Kunstmuseum Wolfsberg, Germany (2004), ‘The Real Thing’ at Tate Liverpool (2007) and ‘Subtlety’ at Platform China, Beijing (2008).
Bernard Fibicher is director of Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Formerly Director of Kunsthalle Bern and Curator at Kunstmuseum Bern, his exhibitions include ‘Six Feet Under: Autopsy of our Relationship to the Dead’ (2007), ‘Mahjong: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection’ (2005), and ‘Ai Weiwei’ (2004).
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