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April Spotlight Artist: Ai Weiwei

April Spotlight Artist: Ai Weiwei

April 14, 2015

Hello….had an issue, but it is now put to rest! This was suppose to be posted yesterday, the second Monday of April, but things happen….the spotlight has fallen upon Ai Weiwei. I’ve wanted to do a spotlight feature on this dude for a good while now and today we get to know a bit about this man. Here’s what we know……

He’s a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, architecture, curating, installation, photography, film, even music. He’s outspoken as well as a genius. A man with many hats!

Fountain of Light by Ai Weiwei, 2007. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei and http://www.lissongallery.com. (Photo credit: Ai Weiwei.

Has collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron as an artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics.

Not only that, but Weiwei has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights.

1978, he attended the Beijing Film Academy, then Parsons School of Design, and Art Students League of New York in New York. Weiwei studied with Bruce Dorfman, Knox Martin, and Richard Poussette-Dart, while he was at Art Students League.

It was also the year Weiwei was one of the founders of early avant-garde art group the “Stars”, which disbanded in 1983.

An exhibition will be held at the Brooklyn Museum Ai Weiwei: According to What? from April 18 – August 10, 2015.

You can now see the 2012 documentary film on Weiwei,  Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman on Netflix and Amazon. Here’s what the film is about from the website:

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

You can check his website as well. Like I said, a man with many hats! Enjoy your Monday and be sure to come back all this week, because there will be some cool stuff to share.

Be blessed art peeps!

featured image courtesy of http://www.thestar.com

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