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.
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.
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.