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Ai, Weiwei

Works: 330 works in 664 publications in 7 languages and 13,379 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Interviews  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Blogs  Quotations  Catalogs  Educational films  Internet videos 
Roles: Author, Editor, Illustrator, Interviewee, Creator, Artist, zxx, Binding designer, Contributor, Director, Performer, Author of introduction, Interviewer, Photographer
Classifications: N7349.A5, 709.2
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Ai Weiwei : never sorry by Alison Klayman( Visual )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 938 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"
Art:21 art in the twenty-first century( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 577 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 )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and German and held by 451 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 )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Outspoken, provocative, and prolific, the artist Ai Weiwei is an international phenomenon. In recent years, he has produced an astonishingly varied body of work while continuing his role as activist, provocateur, and conscience of a nation. Ai Weiwei is under "city arrest" in Beijing after an 81-day imprisonment; he is accused of tax evasion, but many suspect he is being punished for his political activism, including his exposure of shoddy school building practices that led to the deaths of thousands of children in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2009, he was badly beaten by the police during his earthquake investigations. Ai Weiwei's work reflects his multiple artistic identities as conceptual artist, architect, filmmaker, designer, curator, writer, and publisher. This monumental volume, developed in association with the artist, draws on the full breadth of Ai Weiwei's architectural, installation, and activist work, with a focus on his use of space. It documents a huge range of international projects with drawings, plans, and photographs of finished work. It also includes excerpts from Ai Weiwei's famous blog (shut down by Chinese authorities in 2009), in which he offers pithy and scathing commentary on the world around him. Essays by leading critics and art historians and interviews with the artist, drawing out his central concerns, accompany the 450 beautifully reproduced color illustrations of his work." -- Publisher's website
Michael Maltzan : alternate ground by Raymund Ryan( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ai Weiwei : under construction by Charles Merewether( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 142 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 122 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 )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 119 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
Hanging man : the arrest of Ai Weiwei by Barnaby Martin( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The gripping story of post-Mao China and the harrowing fate of the artist and activist Ai Weiwei"--
@Large : Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz by Weiwei Ai( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Working from his studio in China, internationally acclaimed artist and activist Ai Weiwei has created a major series of site-specific installations for Alcatraz Island. In this essential catalog, beautiful photographs of the large-scale artworks provide an comprehensive look at this important project, while thought-provoking texts and archival vintage images proffer cultural and historical context"--
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 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Breaking the Wall to the Arts How the Internet Opens a New Era of Creative Expression Beyond Boundaries( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Censorship is saying: 'I'm the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.' But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word - even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Ai Weiwei is the first artist in history able to use digital media with the same effectiveness of sculpture, architecture, photography, film, music, performance. By using social media as a platform for active, sociopolitical engagement, he is one of the most influential living artists and the ultimate "dissident for the digital age". For his role in uncovering corruption in Sichuan schools following the area's 2008 earthquake he got arrested, was held by the Chinese government for 81 days, and hospitalized for injuries. The authorities have not yet returned his passport, preventing him from attending his numerous shows outside China, like his recent participation at the Venice Biennale, or commencing his work as a visiting professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. Together with Olafur Eliasson, another icon of public art, Weiwei discusses the role of the internet in the future of human rights via live video connection. At Falling Walls, they will announce their first joint effort, a digital public art platform dedicated to freedom of expression and creative collaboration
The state of things = shi wu zhuang tai( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ai Weiwei : the fake case( Visual )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in Chinese and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ai Weiwei is one the most prolific and influential artists of our time. He is also one of the most controversial, as the Chinese government attempted to censor and disgrace Ai with a brutal 81-day stint in solitary comfinement and a trumped-up tax-evasion lawsuit known as 'The Fake Case'. Along the way, Ai became something of a folk hero, as he refused to buckle to authoritarian oppression
Chi Peng : me, myself, and I by Peng Chi( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 73 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 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fairytale by Weiwei Ai( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in Chinese and English and held by 71 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."
Xie Nanxing : works, 1992-2008 = Xie Nanxing : zuo pin 1992-2008 by Nanxing Xie( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bird's Nest Herzog & de Meuron in China by Christoph Schaub( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about two Swiss star architects on two very different projects: the national stadium for the Olympic summer games in Bejing 2008 and a city area in the provincial town of Jinhua, China
#Aiww : the arrest of Ai Weiwei by Howard Brenton( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ai Weiwei
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Michael Maltzan : alternate groundAi Weiwei : under constructionShanshui : poetry without sound? : landscape in Chinese contemporary art = [Shanshui] : poesie ohne Worte? : landschaft in der chinesischen gegenwartskunstZhongguo dang dai yi shu fang tan lu : Zhongguo dang dai yi shu jiang, 1998-2002The state of things = shi wu zhuang taiChi Peng : me, myself, and IFairytaleXie Nanxing : works, 1992-2008 = Xie Nanxing : zuo pin 1992-2008