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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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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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Ai Weiwei, Map of China, from the Papercut Portfolio, 2019
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition print. Meticulously cut in large-format, colored fine-art paper, the sheet rep...
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Archival Paper

Ai Weiwei, Furniture, from the Papercut Portfolio, 2019
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition print. Meticulously cut in large-format, colored fine-art paper, the sheet rep...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Artist’s hand (2017) (signed)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Southport, CT
Ai Weiwei Artist's Hand, 2017 Cast urethane resin multiple with electroplated rhodium 12.5 x 9.5 x 10.8 cm (4 7/8 x 3 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.) With incised signature on the underside, from t...
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Resin

New York (from Papercut Portfolio)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Calabasas, CA
Artist: Ai Weiwei Title: New York (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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Mixed Media

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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Archival Paper

Untitled 2015 (2015) (Yellow) (signed)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Southport, 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

Ai Weiwei, River Crabs, from the Papercut Portfolio, 2019
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition print. Meticulously cut in large-format, colored fine-art paper, the sheet rep...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Archival Paper

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

Citizens' Investigation from the Papercut Portfolio, 2019
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition print. Meticulously cut in large-format, coloured fine-art paper, the sheet re...
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Ai Weiwei, Zodiac, from the Papercut Portfolio, 2019
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition print. Meticulously cut in large-format, colored fine-art paper, the sheet rep...
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Everything is Art, Everything is Politics, Wood Sculpture 2015 by Ai Weiwei
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Everything is Art, Everything is Politics, Wood Sculpture 2015 Wood New, unused condition. Printed text on base. 5.5 × 2 in 14 × 5 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual Ai Weiwei Art

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Odyssey
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Bristol, GB
Offset Lithograph Edition of 1000 (reported) Excellent. Very minor soft crease in top-left corner and very minimal handling crease visible from the reverse Unsigned and unnumbered
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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 Southport, 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

Ai Weiwei, New York, from the Papercut Portfolio, 2019
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition print. Meticulously cut in large-format, colored fine-art paper, the sheet rep...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Ai Weiwei, Map of China, from the Papercut Portfolio, 2019
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition print. Meticulously cut in large-format, colored fine-art paper, the sheet rep...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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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

Ai Weiwei, Haircut, from the Papercut Portfolio, 2019
By Ai Weiwei
Located in London, GB
Ai Weiwei reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition print. Meticulously cut in large-format, colored fine-art paper, the sheet rep...
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WANTED
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Fairlawn, OH
WANTED Color lithograph, 2014 Published by Francis Naumann Fine Art Edition: Unsigned edition of 200 Note: There is also a hand signed and numbered edition of 40 Condition: Excelle...
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2010s Contemporary Ai Weiwei Art

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Lithograph

Untitled 2015 (2015) (White) (signed)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Southport, 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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Untitled 2015 (2015) (Liluc) (signed)
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Southport, 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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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

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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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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Year of the Ox
By Ai Weiwei
Located in Atlanta, GA
New silkscreen print by artist Ai Weiwei, "Year of the Ox" Edition 4 of 58.
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Artist's Hand, Sculpture, Urethane Resin, Contemporary by Ai Weiwei
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