At Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz by David Spalding

By David Spalding

The world over popular chinese language artist and activist Ai Weiwei is certainly one of modern art's such a lot newsworthy figures, famous for either his groundbreaking paintings and his outspoken stance on human rights, which finally ended in his debatable 2011 detainment. In an fantastic new large-scale venture, he turns his recognition to Alcatraz—a position he can't stopover at simply because he's not authorized to depart China, yet that stands as a world-famous image of either incarceration and protest. This booklet showcases an incredible exhibition of site-specific, multimedia installations and sculptures Ai Weiwei has created for the island, on view from the autumn of 2014 in the course of the spring of 2015. that includes appealing pictures and thought-provoking textual content, At huge is the basic record of this extraordinary occurring from one in all today's so much celebrated artists.

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Social Media as Interventionist Art (2006–2014) Although he could barely type, Ai Weiwei, recognizing social media’s potential to reach a vast public, became a prolific blogger. From 2006 to 2009, he ruminated and ranted, passing scathing judgments on pathologies 34 @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz of the times and unleashing his wrath on rampant injustice. He wrote about art and architecture, his past, political and social events, government policies, and more. Then, on June 1, 2009, officialdom blocked his blog.

Article 8 Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law. opposite, top row, left to right: Eleanor Roosevelt, United States; Dr. Peng-chun Chang, China; Hernán Santa Cruz, Chile center row, left to right: René Cassin, France; William Hodgson, Australia; Alexandre Bogomolov, USSR bottom row, left to right: Charles Dukes, United Kingdom; John P. Humphrey, Canada, Dr. Charles Malik, Lebanon Article 9 No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

After being silenced online in China, he leapt over the “Great Fire Wall” surrounding the heavily censored Chinese intranet and hopped onto Twitter. Ai Weiwei’s social media activities and his writings became as much a part of being an artist as they shaped his way of being a person. Alongside these writings came a flood of documentary photographs (now on Instagram). Some became memes, and many were virally shared. His YouTube channel8 shares documentary videos related to the sociopolitical issues informing many of his recent works.

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