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Ai Weiwei: Artwork Analysis . Artistic Influences: Chinese Calligraphy and Scroll Painting. Mid-Autumn , Wang Xianzhi Jin Dynasty (265-420CE). Artistic Influences: Chinese Ceramics. Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) Ceramics. Artistic Influences: Pop Art. Brillo Box (1964) by Andy Warhol.

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Ai weiwei artwork analysis

Ai Weiwei:Artwork Analysis


Artistic influences chinese calligraphy and scroll painting
Artistic Influences: Chinese Calligraphy and Scroll Painting

Mid-Autumn, Wang Xianzhi

Jin Dynasty (265-420CE)


Artistic influences chinese ceramics

Artistic Influences: Chinese Ceramics

Han Dynasty

(206 BCE-220 CE) Ceramics


Artistic influences pop art
Artistic Influences: Pop Art

Brillo Box (1964) by Andy Warhol

Mao Tse Tung (1972) by Andy Warhol

Ai Weiwei in 1988 in front of Andy Warhol’s

Self-Portrait (1966) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York


Artistic influences conceptual art
Artistic Influences: Conceptual Art

"It became like a symbolic thing, to be‘an artist.’ After Duchamp, I realized that being an artist is more about a lifestyle and attitude than producing some product." -Ai Weiwei

Fountain (1917)

Marcel Duchamp


Artistic influences installation art

Untitled (Placebo) (1991),

Félix González-Torres

Artistic Influences: Installation Art

Ai is influenced by conceptual installation art such as this work by Cuban-American artist Félix González-Torres


Artistic influences art as activism
Artistic Influences: Art as Activism

Ai is strongly invested in the notion of art as a means of actively creating social change. Another artist whose work functions to create social change is Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Homeless Vehicle Project (1987-89), New York


Dropping a han dynasty urn 1995
Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn(1995)

Video-Ai Weiwei-Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn




Remembering 2009
Remembering (2009)



Untitled 2011
Untitled, 2011







Weiwei isms 2012 quotations from ai weiwei
Weiwei-isms (2012)Quotations from Ai Weiwei

“Everything is art, everything is politics.” –Ai Weiwei


Reference to mao s little red book
Reference to Mao’s Little Red Book

“In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics.”-Mao Zedong


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