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AI WEIWEI: SPATIAL MATTERS -- ART, ARCHITECTURE AND ACTIVISM. Ed. by Anthony Pins. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2014. 508 pp. with 492 ills. (433 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2013-39797 ISBN 9780262525749 In English; original Twitter posts also in Chinese.
Publisher's description: Outspoken, provocative, and prolific, the artist Ai Weiwei is an international phenomenon. In recent years, he has produced an astonishingly varied body of work while continuing his role as activist, provocateur, and conscience of a nation. Ai Weiwei is under city arrest in Beijing after an 81-day imprisonment; he is accused of tax evasion, but many suspect he is being punished for his political activism, including his exposure of shoddy school building practices that led to the deaths of thousands of children in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2009, he was badly beaten by the police during his earthquake investigations. Ai Weiwei's work reflects his multiple artistic identities as conceptual artist, architect, filmmaker, designer, curator, writer, and publisher. This monumental volume, developed in association with the artist, draws on the full breadth of Ai Weiwei's architectural, installation, and activist work, with a focus on his use of space.
Artist(s):Ai Weiwei
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — China — Post-2000 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 159361
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