Artist: Ai Weiwei
Edition size: 1000 unsigned limited editions
Medium: Offset print on paper
Total dimensions: 24" x 36" inches, unframed
In a compelling and beautiful new print, Ai Weiwei calls attention to our shared humanity by adapting the style of classical Greek friezes and vase paintings to depict the many forms of the contemporary global refugee condition. This brand new print is being unveiled on the occasion of Ai’s ambitious citywide Public Art Fund exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, on view in New York City Oct 2017 – Feb 2018. The bold and striking imagery in Odyssey is based on a work of the same title featured in the exhibition.
Chinese, b. 1957, Beijing, China, based in Beijing, China
A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China’s most famous artist. Open in his criticism of the Chinese government, Ai was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production. For Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” handpainted by 1,600 Chinese artisans—a commentary on mass consumption and the loss of individuality. His infamous Coca Cola Vase (1994) is a Han Dynasty urn emblazoned with the ubiquitous soft-drink logo. Ai also served as artistic consultant on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has curated pavilions and museum exhibitions around the globe.