The first monograph on the key figure in Chinese fast-growing art scene. What marks Ai Weiwei as a truly twenty-first-century artist is precisely this multiplicity of roles: not just artist, designer and architect, but also curator, publisher, Web blogger and compass for an entire generation of Beijing artists. His outsize public persona is an integral part of his art. Although his outspoken views have brought him unwanted attention from the State, they have also generated excitement far beyond China's borders. His work has been increasingly featured in the world's most significant exhibitions, including Documenta 12 (2007), the 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial (2007) and the 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006), in the process providing the world with a inside view into one of the most exciting new art scenes.
Survey by Karen Smith, Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Focus by Bernard Fibicher, Artist's Choice by Ai Qing, Writings by Ai Weiwei. 160 pages. Paperback.