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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Mid-Autumn, Wang Xianzhi
Jin Dynasty (265-420CE)
(206 BCE-220 CE) Ceramics
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
"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
Artistic Influences: Installation Art
Ai is influenced by conceptual installation art such as this work by Cuban-American artist Félix González-Torres
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
Video-Ai Weiwei-Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn
“Everything is art, everything is politics.” –Ai Weiwei
“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