By Ai Weiwei
Born in Beijing in 1957, Ai Weiwei is without doubt one of the such a lot influential artists at paintings this day and has exhibited commonly in Asia, Europe and North the United States. he's the 1st artist residing and dealing within the Asia-Pacific sector to be commissioned as a part of the Unilever sequence to create an paintings for the monstrous Turbine corridor at Tate glossy. Ai Weiwei has stated Liberty is ready the best to question every thing. His works in quite a lot of media are characterised by way of social and political engagement and a continually enquiring brain. no matter if as an artist, curator, critic, fashion designer or architect, he has performed a key half in modern chinese language paintings and tradition of the previous 20 years, now not least via his collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron in designing the 'Bird's Nest' stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. released to accompany Ai Weiwei's first significant large-scale fee in Britain, this booklet will supply very important insights into the artistic procedures of 1 of the main interesting and dynamic modern artists.
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AI Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei