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Arty Farty Friday: Ai Weiwei, Without Fear or Favour

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I’ve done quite a few Arty Farty Friday posts in the past few months, loosely interpreting what art is.

I’ve tried to cover a variety of topics, from artists and their paintings and origami to fashion and documentary films.

Today I’d like to suggest a documentary film about Ai Weiwei, one of China’s best knows artist, who is also regarded as the one of the most dangerous public figures.

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His work don’t reach the highest prices at auction, but he has become the face of human rights struggles in China.

  His criticism of the authoritarian regime has resulted in prison time and a ban on traveling without official permission.

The Chinese officials certainly have a problem with Weiwei.

On the one hand he is kept under house arrest, on the other he is the most noticeable artists of his generation that cannot be erased so easily, if nothing else he’s the architect who designed the Beijing Bird’s Nest stadium.

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If you’d like to read more about Weiwei, I suggest a brilliant article at Smithsonian.com.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Without Fear or Favour and remember that art isn’t only about beauty or subjective emotions.

About AgzyM

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons". A fangirl through and through, anglophile, and admirer of beauty whereever I can find it. I love books and art, and spend too much time admiring Richard Armitage and other amazing British actors.

5 responses »

  1. This man has a really impressive personality. I bow my head in admiration for people who dare to speak up under circumstances that bear a threat to their life. This is definitely bravery – a rare commodity in today’s world. I do hope Ai Weiwei will survive, but I certainly fear for his life. Two years ago the Kunsthaus in my neck of the woods organised a special exhibition with and for Ai Weiwei focussing on his architectural oeuvre. It was impressive, it was very difficult to arrange and it was well worth the effort. He is brilliant and his work is a gift.

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  2. Great!! I really loved the documentary about Weiwei life and art!! Definetely art isn’t only about beauty or subjective emotions. I think that artists committed to their reality make their art even more special!!

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  3. Niesamowite Agzym , Dziekuję🙂
    Ladnie sie tarza ten zgniły zachód😉 w pracy małych chińskich rączek.

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  4. This was fantastic. Re the Ming style furniture art, and what Weiwei says here: “In period of cultural revolution, they would destroy everything. if you really destroy something, you have to really know and understand that, so make the whole act becomes very graceful – so that the original and the new thing can coexist in the new body. So that creates some kind of tension and power.” Thank you for sharing this.

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  5. Correction of my own grammar mistakes- he actually said “In the period of cultural revolution” and “So make the whole act become very graceful.”

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