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Ai Weiwei

The Artist’s Hand, 2017

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Lot 10
Electroplated rhodium on cast urethane resin
5.0 x 4.0 in (12.7 x 10.2 cm)
Edition of 1000
Cast signature on underside


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This editioned work references Ai Weiwei’s own series, 'Study of Perspective,' in which he photographed his hand flipping off landmarks around the world. Here, the symbol of protest takes physical form as a three-dimensional sculpture rendered in metal. This work was originally sold to raise money for 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,' a multi-site exhibition in New York City that engaged public space and the contemporary discourse surrounding immigration.

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About Ai Weiwei

Perhaps the best known contemporary artist of the present day, as well as the most controversial, Ai Weiwei's (Chinese, b. 1957) oeuvre spans a plethora of mediums: sculpture, photography, filmmaking, and architecture. Irreverent and unafraid of making waves, he boldly takes on the topics of nationalism, politics, consumerism, and the rise of globalism in his work, leading to several clashes with the Chinese government and his temporary house arrest in 2010. Weiwei's work regularly adopts and reimagines traditional Chinese crafts, such as porcelain, gongsh ("scholar rocks"), decorative arts, and bronze statuary. His architectural achievements include the erection of the Bird's Nest for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.