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Ai, Weiwei

Works: 291 works in 564 publications in 6 languages and 11,235 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Interviews  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Blogs  History  Quotations  Catalogs  Drama 
Roles: Editor, Illustrator, Creator, Artist, Interviewee, Curator, Director, Author of introduction, Performer, Photographer, Contributor
Classifications: N7349.A5, 709.2
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Ai Weiwei : never sorry by Alison Klayman ( Visual )
18 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. Follows Ai "from the close of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (for which he helped design the acclaimed 'Bird's Nest' stadium) to his arrest and 81-day detention in 2011" (container)
Art:21 art in the twenty-first century ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contemporary art reflects the ideas of our time, and artists are the creative role models grappling with today's most timely questions. What is the nature of reality? How do we respond to a world in flux? Why do some historical events shape the way we think today, and why have some been forgotten? Explore these ideas and many more in Season Six of Art in the Twenty-First Century. Spotlights contemporary artists at work from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil
Ai Weiwei by Weiwei Ai ( Book )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ai Weiwei's work is an audacious blend of old and new, Western and Eastern, serious and irreverent. He has translated the readymade into a new artistic language, fusing neolithic pottery, fourteenth-century doors and seventeenth-century temple beams into surprising, at times shocking sculptures. He has documented his disdain for authority by giving the finger to the Tiananmen in Beijing, the Reichstag in Berlin and the White House in Washington (Study of Perspective, 1993-2005). And he has captured the mundane urban sprawl of his home city in a 150-hour video (Beijing 2003, 2003) that even dwarfs Andy Warhol's notorious eight-hour Empire. Ai Weiwei grew up on the edge of the Gobi desert in China's Western provinces. In the late 1970s he moved to Beijing, banding together with other pro-democracy artists in a loose collective know as the Stars group. In 1981, following government retaliation against their exhibitions, he moved to New York, where he attended art school and lived for twelve years, eventually returning to China when his father fell ill in 1993. Settling in Beijing, Ai became a rallying figure in a burgeoning new art scene. Taking up his art in earnest, he also emerged as a surprising and celebrated architect. (In addition to his numerous commissions for buildings in Beijing and beyond, he provided Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron with the inspiration for their celebrated Beijing National Stadium, home to the 2008 Olympics.) What marks Ai as a truly twenty-first-century artist is precisely this multiplicity of roles: not just artist, designer and architect, but also curator, publisher, Web blogger and compass for an entire generation of Beijing artists. His outsize public persona is an integral part of his art. Although his outspoken views have brought him unwanted attention from the State, they have also generated excitement far beyond China's borders. His work has been increasingly featured in the world's most significant exhibitions, including Ducumenta 12 (2007), the 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial (2007) and the 15 Biennale of Sydney (2006), in the process providing the world with a inside view into one of the most exciting new art scenes. Karen Smith's Survey traces the artist's remarkable career from his early days in Beijing to his discovery of the Western avant-garde in New York and his recent emergence as a celebrated sculptor and architect. In the Interview Hans Ulrich Obrist discusses with the artist his father's artistic training and subsequent exile and the effects they had on his own views on art and authority. Bernard Fibicher's Focus looks at the monumental light sculpture Descending Light (2007). Artist's Choice features a poem by Ai Qing, one of China's most important twentieth-century writers. Artist's Writings include entries from Ai's blog, seen by millions of visitors each year and celebrated for its thoughtful and candid remarks on the subjects of art, politics and culture
Ai Weiwei : spatial matters : art architecture and activism by Weiwei Ai ( Book )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Widely considered to be one of the most significant cultural figures of his generation in China and internationally, Ai Weiwei successfully occupies multiple roles as a conceptual artist, architect, curator, designer, film-maker, publisher and activist. Using a variety of formal languages with both traditional and innovative methods of production, Ai links the past with the present and explores the geopolitical, economic and cultural realities affecting the world with humour and compassion. Published in association with the artist, this book draws on the full breadth of Ai Weiwei's architectural, installation and activist work, including drawings and plans from a huge range of international projects, with particular emphasis on his use of space. The publication also includes excerpts from his blog, in which his insightful commentary on the world around him comes to the fore. Throughout the book a wide selection of essays by leading critics and art-historians, as well as interviews with the artist, draw out his central concerns. An essential addition to any art lover's bookshelf, this substantial book is richly illustrated with over 450 colour reproductions"--Provided by publisher
Michael Maltzan : alternate ground by Raymund Ryan ( Book )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ai Weiwei : under construction by Charles Merewether ( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shanshui : poetry without sound? : landscape in Chinese contemporary art = [Shanshui] : poesie ohne Worte? : landschaft in der chinesischen gegenwartskunst ( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in German and English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Poetry Without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art. Comprehensive survey of the latest trends in Chinese landscape painting. Shanshui--the emotional space of the landscape is rediscovered as a medium for individual artistic expression."--Publisher's website
Herzog & de Meuron + Ai Weiwei : Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron ( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 2008, Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei joined forces to design the celebrated Beijing National Stadium for the Olympic Games. In 2012, the team came together again for the Serpentine Gallery's acclaimed annual commission, as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. Their pavilion takes visitors beneath the Serpentine's lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous pavilions. Supporting the structure from below, eleven columns symbolize past pavilions, and a twelfth represents the current one. The pavilion's interior is clad in cork, to evoke the excavated earth, and is built as a network of pathways and trenches. Herzog & de Meuron and Weiwei's archaeological approach creates a space that invites visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time to the inspiration of earlier structures.--Provided by publisher
Zhongguo dang dai yi shu fang tan lu : Zhongguo dang dai yi shu jiang, 1998-2002 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in Chinese and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hanging man : the arrest of Ai Weiwei by Barnaby Martin ( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The gripping story of post-Mao China and the harrowing fate of the artist and activist Ai Weiwei"--
The state of things = shi wu zhuang tai ( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Xie Nanxing : works, 1992-2008 = Xie Nanxing : zuo pin 1992-2008 by Nanxing Xie ( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chi Peng : me, myself, and I by Peng Chi ( Book )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fairytale by Weiwei Ai ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in Chinese and English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Fairytale documents Ai Weiwei's project for Europe's most innovative five-year art event Documenta 12 in Kassel Germany, in 2007: Ai Weiwei invited 1001 Chinese citizens of different ages and from various backgrounds to Germany to experience their own fairytale for 28 days. Fairytale was judged one of the most sensational artworks at the Documenta 12...The film documents the whole process beginning with the preparations for the project, through the challenges that the participants had to face, up to the actual journey to Germany, as well as the artist's ideas behind the work."
The richness of life : the personal photographs of contemporary Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong : 1984-2006 by Xiaodong Liu ( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Xie Nanxing zuo pin, 1992-2004 = Xie Nanxing paintings, 1992-2004 by Nanxing Xie ( Book )
4 editions published in 2004 in Chinese and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fragments : Beijing 2006 by Weiwei Ai ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
#aiww : The arrest of Ai Weiwei by Howard Brenton ( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, Dayanita Singh : German Pavilion 2013, 55th International Art Exhibition, La biennale di Venezia ( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ai Weiwei : so sorry by Weiwei Ai ( Book )
5 editions published in 2009 in German and English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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English (166)
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Chinese (16)
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Dutch (1)
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