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Ai, Weiwei

Works: 274 works in 491 publications in 7 languages and 10,345 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Interviews  Biography  Blogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Quotations  Catalogs  Art  Pictorial works 
Roles: Illustrator, Artist, Creator, Editor, Director, Interviewee, Photographer, Performer, Author of introduction
Classifications: N7349.A5, 709.2
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Most widely held works by Weiwei Ai
Ai Weiwei : never sorry by Alison Klayman ( Visual )
13 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 772 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 )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 503 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 )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 458 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
Michael Maltzan : alternate ground by Raymund Ryan ( Book )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ai Weiwei : under construction by Charles Merewether ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shanshui : poetry without sound? : landscape in Chinese contemporary art = [Shanshui] : poesie ohne Worte? : landschaft in der chinesischen gegenwartskunst ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 114 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 )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 100 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 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hanging man : the arrest of Ai Weiwei by Barnaby Martin ( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In October 2010, Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds appeared in the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern. In April 2011, he was arrested and held for over two months, in terrible conditions. This title offers an exploration of Weiwei's life, art and activism. It is about courage and hope found in the absence of freedom and justice
The state of things = shi wu zhuang tai by Luc Tuymans ( Book )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Xie Nanxing : works, 1992-2008 = Xie Nanxing : zuo pin 1992-2008 by Nanxing Xie ( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Chi Peng : me, myself, and I by Peng Chi ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 63 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
Fairytale by Weiwei Ai ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in Chinese and English and held by 62 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"--Container
The parrot's tale ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How should Hong Kong be represented? This question found an answer through Concrete Jungle / The Parrot's Tale, a large-scale installation by MAP Office for the 2007 Venice Biennale. Beginning with a steamy, mist-filled island, roughly in the shape of Hong Kong and constructed in the courtyard of the Hong Kong Pavilion, that was covered in oyster shells and inhabited by fake talking parrots, the work problematized the act of representation itself. This volume is an extension of MAP's Venice project and includes documentation of the complex process behind the fabrication of this much-talked-about artwork. Critical dialogues with Beijing artist Ai Weiwei complete the picture
Hans Ulrich Obrist : a post-Olympic Beijing mini-marathon by Hans-Ulrich Obrist ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On New Year's Eve of 2008, Hans Ulrich Obrist conducted a "marathon" of conversations in Beijing, addressing artists, cultural producers, and media practicioners about the post-Olympic state of the city. Asking artists Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei and Wang Jianwei, filmmaker Jia Zhangke, writer and publisher Hung Huang, and fashion designer Zhang Da, among other participants, how they were understanding and living through the changes Chinese society is undergoing, how they were evaluating the impact of such a mediated event as the Olympic Games or the role of Internet in their daily lives, Hans Ulrich Obrist attempted to map the mindset of the creative people of a city on the move
Macht euch keine Illusionen über mich : der verbotene Blog by Weiwei Ai ( Book )
4 editions published in 2011 in German and Undetermined and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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English (139)
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