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Ai Weiwei. Art Edition

Edition of 100
Marble sculpture (Chinese marble from the Fangshan District), 7.1 x 30 x 20.5 in., hardcover volume, 12.9 x 17.3 in., wrapped in a silk scarf (Habotai silk, handrolled edges), 43.3 x 40 in., 724 pages
US$ 25,000
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This volume, signed by the artist, is wrapped in a silk scarf, which reproduces a detail of Ai's work Straight, a reference to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Made in close collaboration with Ai Weiwei, the book features paper cut chapter openers designed by the artist, numerous previously unseen images from his archive, as well as statements on his work from exclusive interviews.

Art Edition (No. 1–100), each signed by Ai Weiwei and presented with a marble bookstand created in the artist’s workshop

The Artist Activist

The first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei’s life and work
Art Edition (No. 1–100)
  • Limited and numbered edition of 100 copies, each signed by the artist
  • Each presented with a specially designed sculpture by the artist, a marble book stand (18.2 x 76.3 x 52.2 cm / 7.1 x 30 x 20.5 in., 105 kg)
  • The marble originates from Fangshan District, located at the southwest region of Beijing. In the past, these were imperial quarries that provided marble for Ming and Qing emperors, and were used in temples and palaces
  • The volume is wrapped in a silk scarf (110 x 100 cm / 43.3 x 40 in., Habotai silk), which reproduces a detail of Ai Weiwei's work Straight, a reference to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008
  • Full page cut out chapter openers designed by the artist
  • Many previously unseen images, from photos taken during Ai’s time in New York to production shots of large installations in the workshop and pictures from his studio
  • Essays from Uli Sigg, Ai's long-time 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
  • Numerous statements derived from exclusive interviews with Ai Weiwei, conducted especially for this publication

Today Ai Weiwei enjoys a reputation far beyond the art world. While his vast social or performance-based interventions and appropriated object-based artworks have secured his place as one of the world’s leading conceptual artists, Ai is equally known as a social media phenomenon, a political activist, and an outspoken champion of free expression in his native China, where he earnt an 81-day police detention in 2011.

This book, signed by the artist, is the first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei’s life and work. Compiled in close collaboration with Ai and with direct access to his own archives, it explores the artist's particular brand of expression and activism over more than 700 pages of images and text.
The artist

Born in Beijing in 1957, Ai Weiwei is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate across today’s geopolitical world. From architecture to sculpture and installations, social media to documentaries, he uses a wide range of media for new ways of artistically examining society and its values. He is the recipient of the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation. Ai’s first feature-length documentary Human Flow premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival in competition. He currently lives and works in Cambridge and Berlin.

Ai Weiwei. Art Edition
Edition of 100
Marble sculpture (Chinese marble from the Fangshan District), 7.1 x 30 x 20.5 in., hardcover volume, 12.9 x 17.3 in., wrapped in a silk scarf (Habotai silk, handrolled edges), 43.3 x 40 in., 724 pages
Ai Weiwei (Limited Edition)

Ai Weiwei

US$ 3,000