May 27, 2013

Ai Weiwei's new show

As readers of this blog know, I'm a big fan of Chinese dissident artist and relentless provacateur, Ai Weiwei. There is a new show based on his experiences in Chinese detention. The man just won't give up. He is an everpresent goad to the Chinese government. I love this about him.
Mr. Ai’s vitriol against the Communist Party has made him a polarizing figure in the Chinese art world. Many artists quietly resent the attention Mr. Ai has received from the West, as well as his occasional denunciations of other Chinese, including former friends, who are unwilling to take the same uncompromising stand against the party. 
Won't. Back. Down. Militant artists are great, especially when fighting a behemoth like China. I admire this man so much. Check out the story. It includes "multimedia" (is that a tired term, or what?) of some of his latest artworks.

Coda: Where is the American artist who is Weiwei's counterpart? He or she is nowhere to be seen. That is so strange. American society is collapsing, the middle class is dying, and we no longer bother to educate our children. And oh yeah, we've decided not to address climate change. We'll just go extinct. It seems there should be an American artist who is covering the American decline like white on rice. Perhaps this artist exists and I just haven't bumped into his or her work. If that's the case, please enlighten me in the comments.

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