|'Coloured Vases' (2009/2010) Han Dynasty pots with industrial paints|
A diverse and poigniant exhibition of recent works by Ai Weiwei are on show at the Lisson Gallery in London. These works in a variety of media and explore using abstraction through the artworks material nature and questioning while redefining its cultural significance shouldn't be missed. The exhibition continues until 16th July 2011.
From the Lisson Gallery: 'Greg Hilty of Lisson Gallery says: “We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring to a UK public a selection of key works that demonstrate the range and sensibility of Ai Weiwei. Beautifully crafted, conceptually acute, poetically resonant, these works provide a concise overview of his concerns as an artist.”
In many ways deeply political, Ai Weiwei’s work explores the tension in ideology, what he describes “as being between a more interesting state of mind and a more dreadful state of mind. The artist should be for the interesting against the dreadful.” Using a variety of formal languages with both traditional and innovative methods of production, Ai links the past with the present and explores the geopolitical, economic and cultural realities affecting the world with humour and compassion.
Described as “the best artist to have appeared since the Cultural Revolution in China” his work can be seen as a succession of gestures critiquing both commodity fetishism and the society in which he lives.'
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His 'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' can be seen on show at Somerset House. Read a Guardian newspaper review here.