As his personal circumstances move in constant flux, Ai Weiwei remains a cultural magnet. Renowned for his political activism and social media activity almost as much as for his social interventions, contemporary approach to the readymade, and knowledge of Chinese traditional crafts, Ai’s fame extends throughout and beyond the art world.
Drawn from Taschen’s limited Collector’s Edition, this monograph explores each of Ai’s career phases up until his release from Chinese custody. It features extensive visual material to trace Ai’s development from his early New York days right through to his recent practice. Focus moments include his international breakthrough in the early 2000s, his porcelain Sunflower Seeds at the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, his response to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, and his police detention in 2011. With behind-the-scenes studio pictures, production shots, and numerous statements derived from exclusive interviews with Ai, we gain privileged access to the artist’s process, influences, and importance.
The book includes texts from Uli Sigg, Ai’s longtime friend and former Swiss ambassador to China; Roger M. Buergel, who curated the 2007 documenta and hosted the artist’s Fairytale piece; and experts on Chinese culture and politics: Carlos Rojas, William A. Callahan, and James J. Lally.
Standard delivery times
Delivery within 3-6 days of ordering.
If you require faster delivery please email us.
UK Shipping is free on orders of £100 or above.
Shipping rates are based on the overall weight of the package and is calculated at checkout:
Light (150g and under) - £1.99
Standard (150g-2Kg) - £3.99
Heavy (over 2Kg) - £5.50
We ship overseas at the following rates:
£9.99Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, Netherlands
£14.99 Czech Republic,Italy, Slovakia, Spain
£22.99 Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden
if you don’t see your country listed please email us for a quote.
Overseas shipments may be subject to import duties and tax. Additional charges must be at the customer’s expense. Books About Art has no control over these charges and accepts no responsibility for any additional overseas costs.