From its fascinating historical origins to its contemporary symbolic significance, every aspect of Ai Weiwei's beautiful and monumental work of art is explored in this illustrated volume that also guides readers through the highlights of the artist's career. Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads features twelve large-scale bronze animal heads, each depicting a segment of the ancient Chinese zodiac.
You get the idea early on, with photos of Chinese-born, New York-based artist Ai Weiwei dropping a 2000-year old Han Dynasty urn. Oops. No, that's the point. This exhibition catalog/monograph from Ai's first solo exhibition outside New York gives a comprehensive picture of this unconventional artist's approach to the undoing of assumptions about rare and old ceramics.
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (b. Beijing 1957; lives and works in Beijing) spent the years from 1983 to 1993 in New York. During this time, he took more than 10,000 black-and-white photographs of life in the American metropolis; when he returned to China, the pictures, mostly negatives, were in his luggage.
Earth of Endless Secrets refers to Zaataris ongoing research project, unearthing and examining a wide range of documents that testify to the current cultural and political conditions of Lebanon. Zaataris artistic practice involves the study and investigation of the way these documents straddle, conflate, or confuse notions of history and memory.
Al Taylor Klaus Kertess
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The animated geometry, additive construction, and radical economy of means that had long configured the comedic elegance of Taylor's work acquired simultaneously greater openness and greater mysteriousness in the works made in 1998 and 1999.
Alan Uglow Bob Nickas
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Published to coincide with a 2013 exhibition organized by Bob Nickas at David Zwirner, New York, this indispensable catalogue includes all new photography of paintings created from the early 1990s through 2011, archival interviews, archival images and an exhibition chronology illustrated with images of museum and gallery invitation cards.
Uraguayan artist Alejandro Cesarco (born 1975) invokes the legacy of language- and literature-based conceptual art by the likes of Marcel Broodthaers or Lawrence Weiner. His text works, photographs, collages, films, artist's books and installations explore emotional dynamics in the language of interpersonal relationships and gender roles.
In 1960, Alex Katz (born 1927) began to collaborate with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, commencing a relationship with dance that has spanned his entire career. Alex Katz: Face the Music surveys Katz's career-long involvement with dance, reproducing canvases, cartoons, drawings and studies in oil.
Alexander Calder, a legendary and beloved figure in American art, has not generally been considered a major influence on contemporary artists. Yet as the twenty-first century unfolds, many artists are taking cues from Calder's hands-on investigations of form, balance, color, and movement as well as from his foresight in what we now refer to as the creative reuse of materials. These artists are returning to explorations of structure and balance, creating expressive artworks that celebrate the visual over the intellectual experience.