Context and An Exhibit: Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum

Friday, May 02, 2014

An exhibit of Ai Weiwei's work is up at the Brooklyn Museum. Deborah Solomon, art critic for WNYC, talks about the show, "According to What?" and the artist's work. Evan Osnos, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, talks about the artist's message and politics in China.

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"Colored Vases" and “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn”, both on display at the Brooklyn Museum's Ai Weiwei show, "According to What?"
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From "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" at the Brooklyn Museum.
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Looking through Ai Weiwei's "Moon Chest" at the Brooklyn Museum.
(Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio)
Detail of Ai Weiwei's S.A.C.R.E.D., 2013
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Ye Haiyan's Belongings


Evan Osnos and Deborah Solomon

Comments [3]

fuva from harlemworld

I have a Chinese colleague who thinks Ai Weiwei's work is garbage. She much prefers his brother's.

May. 03 2014 10:23 AM
A listener

I'm trying to care, but I can't get any more worked up about this "celebrity activist" than I can about those "Riot" women in Russia.

But, whatever.

May. 02 2014 11:56 AM
Tyler from Brooklyn

Why do you suppose the Chinese government chooses to detain Ai Wei Wei, rather than exile him? It seems that he can do more "harm" remaining in China....

May. 02 2014 11:51 AM

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