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Ai Weiwei Art

Chinese, b. 1957

Ai Weiwei was born in northwest China but was sent to a labor camp in Beidahuang, Heilongjiang, when he was only a year old. There he was raised for the early years of his life. His father Aì Qīng’s involvement in the Anti-Rightist Movement led to the family's exile shortly afterward to Shihezi, Xinjiang, where Ai spent the duration of his childhood. Upon Mao Zedong’s death, the family returned to Beijing in 1976.

Following the family’s return home, Ai enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy to study animation in 1978. He was one of the founders of the avant-garde art group the Stars alongside contemporaries Ma Desheng, Wang Keping, Mao Lizi, Huang Rui, Li Shuang, Ah Cheng and Qu Leilei. The Stars disbanded in the 1980s, but Ai participated in regular shows that recalled the ten years that the group had been together, including at the Hanart Gallery in 1989 and the retrospective 2007 exhibition at Beijing's Origin Point.

Ai moved to the USA in 1981, among the earliest of students to study abroad following China’s reform in 1980, which afforded him the opportunity to take the TOEFL in 1981. He lived in Philadelphia and then in San Francisco, studying English at the University of California, Berkeley. Afteward, Ai studied at Parsons School of Design in New York City and attended the Art Students League of New York from 1983 to 1986. He initially made a living by drawing street portraits.

Immersing himself in the Pop art scene, which was rapidly gaining popularity, Ai began creating conceptual art and photography. Ai returned to China after his father became ill in 1993, and while there he helped to establish the experimental art scene called Beijing East Village. In 1999, Ai built a studio house in Beijing — his first architectural project. Ai founded the architecture studio FAKE Design in 2003, and co-curated the art exhibition "Fuck Off" with Feng Boyi in Shanghai.

In 2011, Ai was arrested and jailed. Released after 81 days, the government confiscated his passport. His release was in part due to the uproar of the art world against his charges of tax evasion; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the International Council of Museums both organized petitions, collecting almost 100,000 signatures calling for his release. When he reclaimed his passport in 2015, Ai moved to Berlin and lived in a studio. It became a base for him to create his international work.

Ai is the artistic director of China Art Archives & Warehouse. The experimental gallery and archive, co-founded by Ai in 1997, concentrates on experimental art from the People’s Republic of China, initiating and facilitating exhibitions both in China and internationally.

Ai's work is in the collections of museums worldwide, including the Tate, London; Arken, London; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and the RA, London. His international architectural collaborations, including the Beijing National Stadium and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, have consistently been met with critical acclaim.

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Artist: Ai Weiwei
Cats (Red)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Screen print on Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper Hand-signed, dated, and numbered by the artist Edition 41 of 150 FRAMED The print was editioned by master printer, Kip Gresham at The...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Money (£)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei
 Money (£), 2020 Litho-print on Somerset paper 11.69 x 8.27 in
, 29.7 x 21.0 cm Edition of 840 comes with COA In this work, Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei deconstru...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Lithograph

AI WEIWEI - CEDAR (LARGE) Chinese Modern Activism Tree Tradition Ink White
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Madrid, Madrid
Ai Weiwei CEDAR (LARGE) Date of creation: 2022 Medium: Screenprint on Somerset Velvet Antique paper Edition: 50 Size: 70.5 x 55.5 cm Condition: In mint conditions, brand new and nev...
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2010s Conceptual Ai Weiwei Art

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Paper, Screen

Ai Weiwei, Pequi Tree - Limited Edition Sculpture, Chinese Contemporary Art
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Hamburg, DE
The Pequi Tree Miniature is based on Ai Weiwei's 32 meter sculpture, Pequi Tree from 2018-2020, and was produced at a 1/100 scale. As the large cast iron sculpture, the miniature wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Metal

Ai Weiwei, History of Bombs - Limited Edition Print, Chinese Contemporary Art
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Hamburg, DE
Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957) History of Bombs, 2020 Medium: Digital print on 170gsm arco paper Dimensions: 19.7 x 27.6 in (50 x 70 cm) Edition of 1000: Printed signature on accompany...
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Ai Weiwei, Cats (Black) - Signed Print, Contemporary Art, Chinese Activist
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Hamburg, DE
Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957) Cats (Black), 2022 Medium: Screenprint on paper Sheet dimensions: 28 x 32.8 cm Frame dimensions: 36.1 x 41.2 cm Edition of 150: Hand signed, numbered and...
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Ai Weiwei, Bomb - Fine Art Inkjet Print, Hand-Signed
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Hamburg, DE
Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957) Bomb, 2020 Medium: Fine art inkjet print, Hahnemüle German etching 310g paper Dimensions: 95 x 130 cm (37 2/5 x 51 1/5 in) Edition of 100 + 25 AP: Hand-s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Paper, Inkjet

Ai Weiwei, Glass Vase (Coca Cola), 2023
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Manchester, GB
Ai Weiwei, Glass Vase (Coca Cola), 2023 Cast vase in translucent red glass Edition of 300 19 x 21 x 21.2 cm (7.5 x 8.2 x 8.3 in) Artist’s signature engraved on base Mint. Minor ...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Glass

Cats (Red)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in New York, NY
Ai Weiwei Cats (Red), 2022 Screen print on Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper Hand signed, dated, and numbered 87/150 by Ai Weiwei on the front 13 1/2 × 17 inches Unframed This print was originally published by Kettle's Yard - before it rapidly sold out. It is accompanied by the Certificate of Authenticity issued by the publisher to the original owner. The print was editioned by master printer, Kip Gresham at The Print Studio, Cambridge for Kettle's Yard. It was made using an original drawing ‘cut’ into an acrylic sheet. The image is then reversed when printed. Description from the publisher: "Drawing has been fundamental to Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice from an early age. He also has a longstanding love of cats, and they appear frequently in the artist’s social media posts. Many cats used to roam his studio in Beijing. As part of the Kettle’s Yard exhibition, Ai’s ‘Cats wallpaper’ (2015) will be displayed in the Castle Street window. This artwork was originally exhibited as ‘Studio Cats’ in the exhibition Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, reflecting both artists’ mutual love of cats. For Kettle’s Yard, the drawing of Maple and Birch has been inserted among the other cats depicted on the wallpaper." Quote from Ai Weiwei: "I like cats very much because of their independent character, alertness and understanding of human beings; I have feelings approximating to reverence for them. Cats have been regarded as psychic animals since ancient times, no matter in China or ancient Greece. What’s even more interesting is that if a selfie of mine would be seen by 100 people, a cat photo...
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Pequi Tree
By Ai Weiwei
Located in 'S-GRAVENHAGE, ZH
Medium: Tin Sculpture in custom box. Size: 32 × 8 cm Edition of 250 Engraved signature and numbered + COA
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2010s Ai Weiwei Art

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Metal

Study of Perspective in Glass (Deep Amber), Ai Weiwei–Contemporary, 21st Century
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Zug, CH
Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective in Glass (Deep Amber), 2018-2019 Murano Glass Casting 12.5 × 10 × 9 cm (4.9 × 3.9 × 3.5 in) Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered on accompanying ...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Study of Perspective in Glass (Deep Amber), Ai Weiwei–Contemporary, 21st Century
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Zug, CH
Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective in Glass (Deep Amber), 2018-2019 Murano Glass Casting 12.5 × 10 × 9 cm (4.9 × 3.9 × 3.5 in) Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered on accompanying certificate and inscribed on the bottom Edition of 100 In mint condition, as acquired from the publisher in the original packaging PLEASE NOTE: Images of edition number are example references only. The seller can only provide the specific edition number to buyers at the actual point of sale. Please message the seller to request this information at the point of purchase. Ai Weiwei’s middle finger has been a recurrent theme in the artist production. His photographic series, Study of Perspective (from 1995 onwards), encourages questioning towards governments, institutions and establishments. Ai’s middle finger in flipping of the bird gesture in front of symbols of power across the globe, from the Tiananmen Square...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Glass

Wo ist die Revolution -Contemporary, 21st Century, Ai Weiwei, China
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Zug, CH
Wo ist die Revolution -Contemporary, 21st Century, Ai Weiwei, China Wo ist die Revolution, 2019 Inkjet Print Edition of 180 190 x 100 cm (74.8 x 39.3 in.) Signed and numbered In min...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Inkjet

Wo ist die Revolution -Contemporary, 21st Century, Ai Weiwei, China
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Zug, CH
Wo ist die Revolution -Contemporary, 21st Century, Ai Weiwei, China Wo ist die Revolution, 2019 Inkjet Print Edition of 180 190 x 100 cm (74.8 x 39.3 in.) Signed and numbered In min...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Inkjet

Crabs
By Ai Weiwei
Located in New York, NY
Ai Weiwei Crabs, 2010-11 Limited Edition, hand numbered Silkscreen on 100% Canadian 2-Ply Maplewood Skateboard. Signed on the deck 31 × 1 × 3/10 inches Edition 126/150 Signed on the deck. Hand numbered from the edition of 150 Highly desirable and sought after limited edition; long sold out worldwide. The text reads: "THE WORLD IS NOT CHANGING IF YOU DON'T SHOULDER THE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY." This skateboard was inspired by the artist’s installation ‘He Xie’, a group of 3,200 ceramic crabs installed at Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum in 2011. "Crabs" refers to a slang word used for internet censorship in China. It plays on the similar sounding between ‘river crab’ and ‘harmonious’. “I think there is a responsibility for any artist to protect freedom of expression.” – Ai Weiwei “Without freedom of speech there is no modern world, just a barbaric one."― Ai Weiwei This photo is part of ‘Study in Perspective’ where Ai Weiwei openly attacks the regime in place by de-sacralizing one of the country’s most iconic and controversial sites: Tiananmen square...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Wood, Screen, Ink, Mixed Media

The Papercut Portfolio -Contemporary, 21st Century, Paper, Ai Weiwei, Red, China
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Zug, CH
The Papercut Portfolio - Contemporary, 21st Century, Paper, Ai Weiwei, Red Papercuts in clothbound clamshell box (set of 8) Edition of 250 Signed, with certificate of authenticity I...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Paper

River Crabs (from Papercut Portfolio)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Ai Weiwei Title: River Crabs (from Papercut Portfolio) Year: 2019 Medium: Papercut on large format, colored fine art paper Edition: 250; sig...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Lithograph

BOMB
By Ai Weiwei
Located in 'S-GRAVENHAGE, ZH
Medium: Fine art inkjet print, Hahnemüle German etching 310g Size: 37 2/5 x 51 1/5 in. (95 x 130 cm) Edition of 100 + 25 AP Hand signed by the artist and numbered on the front
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UFO
By Ai Weiwei
Located in 'S-GRAVENHAGE, ZH
“As an artist, I have to relate to humanity’s struggles ... I never separate these situations from my art,” - Ai Weiwei At first glance the intentionally enlarged image shows us, wh...
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Push Up Wood Figure
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
This push up wooden figure features Ai Weiwei standing on top of a Han Dynasty urn printed with one of his trademark "ism's." It is inspired by his artwork ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Odyssey
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
"Odyssey", is a limited edition print by Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei. It depicts the global refugee condition in the style of a classic Greco-Roman frieze. Edition of 1000...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Lithograph

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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3 Lt. Ed. skateboards: Study of Perspective Fu#k! Trump, COA signed by Ai Weiwei
By Ai Weiwei
Located in New York, NY
Note: The measurements are for each of the three skateboards in this listing Ai Weiwei Study of Perspective: Fu#k! the Trump White House (w/COA Hand Signed by Ai Weiwei), 2017 Tripty...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Paper, Permanent Marker, Wood, Mixed Media, Screen

Ai Weiwei Pequi Tree Minature Tin Sculpture 1/100 Scale Edition of 250
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Draper, UT
Pequi Tree Miniature is a sculpture, created from the most recent work by Ai Weiwei, Pequi Tree, 2018-2020, and produced at a 1/100 scale. The sculpture is...
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2010s Ai Weiwei Art

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Metal

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

Untitled
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Washington , DC, DC
The present work is from the artist’s “Becoming” series, which consists of 147 photographs documenting the transformation of a green field into Beijing’s new national airport, the la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    What Ai Weiwei's art represents depends on the piece. Some of the Chinese artist's works seem to symbolize how the Chinese Community party stripped away individuality and demanded conformity. Many of his pieces communicate messages about various human rights violations. Shop a range of Ai Weiwei art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Ai Weiwei does paint. While Ai Weiwei is known more for his poetry, sculpture and photography, he did occasionally paint and use paint in his sculptural work. Ai Weiwei is known for his activism and his artwork often encapsulated his political leanings. Shop a selection Ai Weiwei works on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Ai Weiwei made Sunflower Seeds to provide a political critique. During his childhood, the Chinese artist frequently saw propaganda posters depicting Mao Zedong, founder of the Chinese Communist Party, as the sun and the citizens of China as sunflowers thriving beneath his rays. His installation featuring 100 million individually handmade sunflower seeds symbolized the poverty that the artist experienced while growing up in Communist China and the reduction of people as individuals / the grouping of individual human beings into a mass that occurred under Communist rule. Shop a collection of Ai Weiwei art on 1stDibs.

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