Living art on the edge
The comprehensive story of Ai Weiwei’s life and work
Today Ai Weiwei enjoys a reputation far beyond the art world. While his vast social or performance-based interventions and appropriated object-based artworks have secured his place as one of the world’s leading conceptual artists, Ai is equally known as a social media phenomenon, a political activist, and an outspoken champion of free expression in his native China, where he earnt an 81-day police detention in 2011.
This book is the first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei’s life and work, made in close collaboration with the artist himself, on site in his studio. Over more than 700 pages, it explores the full story behind Ai’s particular brand of art and activism with direct access to his own archives.
The volume is wrapped in a silk cloth (110 cm x 100 cm, Habotai silk, digitally printed), based on a detail from Ai’s work Straight, a reference to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008.
Limited and numbered edition of 1,000 copies (No. 101-1,100). Each edition is signed by the artist.
Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor based in Berlin, with numerous publications mainly on contemporary art and photography. For TASCHEN he has edited, among other titles, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, Neo Rauch, Ai Weiwei, and Darren Almond. Fullmoon.
|Author||Hans Werner Holzwarth|
|Series||CE (Collector's Editions)|
|Cover||Hardcover, clothbound, wrapped in a silk scarf|
|Dimensions||cm 33,0 x 44,0|
|Language/s||English, French, German|