I've been up to date with Ai Weiwei's career since the time of his arrest years ago and have also been following him in Instagram. The only artist of his calibre to harness the powers of social media, his ingenious selfies on Instagram and daily snapshots of the people around him - including pictures of his very own son - all seem jovial and humorous and do not reflect his current situation as a political dissident. Yes, he's been posting pictures of his bike with flowers as a protest against the travel restrictions imposed on him by his government, but his real political/social activism continues not through social media but through his art.
It is then a privilege for me to see his works at the Lisson gallery knowing that he is able to produce his art under these circumstances. And while it is easy to be mesmerised about the legend than his actual produce, this exhibition reminds me of Read More »
Li Songsong's exhibition at the Pace Gallery is just simply superb. I am actually campaigning to have this exhibition extended because it's that good. Even Ai Weiwei himself has given his stamp of approval by writing two essays about this artist in the show catalogue.
For this show, Li Songsong has taken his inspiration from historical figures and events from his native country China and yet, - and this is the impressive part - reconstructs them, almost sculpturally square by square in massive aluminum-panelled paintings, and abstractly with thick layers of paint. Read More »
Yesterday, it was announced that Ai Weiwei has been released. I, and the rest of the arts community rejoiced as soon as we heard the news. It´s a coincidence that I just finished reading Phaidon´s first monograph on Ai Weiwei and have finally grasped the language of his sculpture. Any celebration thrown now would be half-bake as we know that the story has not even reached the climax. We all know that Ai Weiwei will continually be "observed" and followed by the dreadfully invading CCTV. And unless he invents a whole new set of signs and Morse codes to communicate and let us know what really happened, then we need to follow the saga.
He´s on bail for Godsakes, for tax evasion and was released due to "good behaviour for confessing his crimes." He was able to speak to some reporters outside his studio today but was not able to talk about his detention Read More »
I believe the controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is one of the last standing political artists in the world today.
Weiwei is still being detained by the police as we speak after his plans of leaving the country was foiled. I was very excited about what I read last week that Weiwei was planning to transfer his studio in Berlin but now I don´t think this would ever be a possibility. Europe would undoubtedly receive him with open arms (which I know they already did) and Weiwei will seal the fact that Berlin is still the preferred art destination.
Unfortunately, the Chinese government is bent on not letting him go. The Chinese authorities are afraid of the growing global influence of Weiwei --- (France, Germany and the US have already demanded the release of Weiwei.) Read More »