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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
Ai Weiwei - Humanity - Artist’s Book - Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Of 200
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Atlanta, GA
This limited edition of Ai Weiwei’s book was realized by the publishing house Damocle Edizioni – Venice in 200 numbered copies. The book is hand bound with thermal blankets like thos...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Gold Leaf

Study of Perspective in Glass (Violet) -Contemporary, 21st Century, Ai Weiwei
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Zug, CH
Study of Perspective in Glass (Violet) -Contemporary, 21st Century, Ai Weiwei, China Study of Perspective in Glass (Violet), 2018-2019 Murano Glass Casting 12.5 × 10 × 9 cm (4.9 × 3...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Glass

Zodiac (from Papercut Portfolio)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Ai Weiwei Title: Zodiac (from Papercut Portfolio) Year: 2019 Medium: Papercut on large format, colored fine art paper Edition: 250; signed in pencil (recto) Sheet: 23.60 x 23...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Mixed Media

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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2010s Ai Weiwei Art

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Inkjet

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The Papercut Portfolio
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Bristol, GB
Portfolio of eight papercuts in clothbound clamshell box Edition of 250 Each papercut is signed by the artist; numbered on portfolio postscript Six of eight artworks are in mint cond...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Paper

Cats (Pink)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in New York, NY
Ai Weiwei Cats (Pink), 2022 Screen print on white Somerset Velvet, 300gsm 17 7/10 × 24 2/5 inches Edition 176/300 Signed in pencil by Ai Weiwei Numbered 176/300 and dated 2022 on the...
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2010s Pop Art Ai Weiwei Art

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Screen

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, 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: 19.68 x 27.56 in (50 x 70 cm) Edition of 1000: Printed signature on accompa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Digital

BOMB
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Fine art inkjet print, Hahnemüle German etching 310g 37 2/5 x 51 1/5 in. (95 x 130 cm) Limited edition of 100 + 25 AP Hand signed by the artist and numbered on the front
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Screen

Untitled 2015 (2015) (Yellow) (signed)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Woodbury, CT
The dust jackets for the artist edition of the catalogue of Ai Weiwei’s 2015 exhibition at the Royal Academy have been individually painted by the artist in one of ten colours: black...
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2010s Abstract Ai Weiwei Art

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Paint, Paper

Study of Perspective: Fu#k! the Trump White House (Deluxe w/artist signed COA)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in New York, NY
Note: The measurements above 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 ...
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2010s Pop Art Ai Weiwei Art

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Mixed Media, Wood, Screen

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

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

F?!k (There are No Outdoor Sports as Graceful as Throwing Stones at a Dictators)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in New York, NY
Ai Weiwei F*?!k (There are No Outdoor Sports as Graceful as Throwing Stones at a Dictatorship in the World), 2010 Limited Edition Silkscreen on 7 Ply Grade A Canadian Maplewood 31 × ...
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2010s Conceptual Ai Weiwei Art

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Wood, Screen

Study of Perspective in Glass (Violet) -Contemporary, 21st Century, Ai Weiwei
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Zug, CH
Study of Perspective in Glass (Violet) -Contemporary, 21st Century, Ai Weiwei, China Study of Perspective in Glass (Violet), 2018-2019 Murano Glass Casting 12.5 × 10 × 9 cm (4.9 × 3...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Glass

Furniture (from Papercut Portfolio)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Ai Weiwei Title: Furniture (from Papercut Portfolio) Year: 2019 Medium: Papercut on large format, colored fine art paper Edition: 250; signed in pencil (recto) Sheet: 23.60 x...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Lithograph

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

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; signed in pencil (recto) Sheet: 23.60...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Lithograph

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 ...
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2010s Conceptual Ai Weiwei Art

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Wood, Screen

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

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

First Edition 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows Signed Copy by Ai weiwei
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Atlanta, GA
n his widely anticipated memoir, "one of the most important artists working in the world today" ( Financial Times ) tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his o...
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2010s Ai Weiwei Art

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Archival Paper

Ai Weiwei, Cats (Red) - 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 Dimensions: 28 x 32.8 cm Edition of 150: Hand signed, numbered and dated Printer: Kip Gresham at The Prin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Screen

Ai Weiwei, Pequi Tree - Limited Edition Sculpture, Chinese 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

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 2015 (2015) (Grey) (signed)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Woodbury, CT
The dust jackets for the artist edition of the catalogue of Ai Weiwei’s 2015 exhibition at the Royal Academy have been individually painted by the artist in one of ten colours: black...
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2010s Ai Weiwei Art

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Paint

Hanging Man (Silver)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in New York, NY
This work was represents several key aspects of Ai Weiwei’s work, including the use of finely-crafted woodwork and porcelain, as well conceptual references to Marcel Duchamp. This pa...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Silver

Ai Weiwei Pequi Tree Minature Tin Sculpture 1/100 Scale Edition of 250
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Atlanta, GA
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 an artist’s edition, excl...
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2010s Ai Weiwei Art

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Metal

Red Ai Weiwei Hand-Painted Limited Edition Hardback Catalogue
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Bristol, GB
2015 exhibition catalogue with hand-painted dust jacket - industrial paint on 170 gsm Munken Polar paper Edition of 108 11.8 x 39.3 in Signed and numbered on the COA. Signed on the d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Paint

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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2010s Ai Weiwei Art

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Inkjet

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Ai Weiwei, Money, Litho-Print, 2020
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei, Money, Litho-Print, 2020 Litho-print on Somerset paper From a time limited edition, believed to be of 1000. As new condition. 11.69 x 8.27 in (29.7 x 21.0 cm) Notes: St...
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21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Ai Weiwei Art

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Paper, 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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Digital

The Artist's Hand
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Bristol, GB
Electroplated rhodium on cast urethane resin Edition of 1000 (reported) 5 x 4 x 4 in Not signed or numbered Mint. Sold with the original box and insert card Please note that this ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Resin

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 S.A.C.R.E.D. Developed exc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Wood

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...
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...
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

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Questions About Ai Weiwei Art
  • 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.

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