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Ai Weiwei. The Silk Scarf ‘Cats and Dogs’

Edition of 2,500
Red scarf, 100% silk, 35.4 x 35.4 in., handwoven and hand-silkscreened, finished with hand-rolled edges; wrapped in tissue paper and packaged in cardboard box, 10 x 10 in.
US$ 300
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Papercutting is a traditional Chinese art going back 2,000 years. The colored, intricately cut papers are used as a story-telling medium in festivities, for prayers, and as everyday decoration. The red scarf takes its motif from a papercut created by Ai Weiwei as part of his Papercut Portfolio, published by TASCHEN in 2019: Cats and Dogs, reflecting on his work from the 1990s, when he returned to Beijing after a decade-long stay in New York to find his own artistic identity.

Limited edition of 2,500 copies

Customer reviews (7)

Limited Edition Scarf by Ai Weiwei

The Silk Scarf ‘Cats and Dogs’
Coupling impeccable crafting and beautiful storytelling, Ai Weiwei’s scarves are wearable works of art that look as well luxuriously draped over your outfit as hanging in a frame. Ai’s design for this red scarf is based on his papercut Cats and Dogs, reflecting on his work from the 1990s, when he returned to Beijing after a decade-long stay in New York and found his own artistic identity. Published by TASCHEN in 2019 as part of his signed and limited Papercut Portfolio, the medium speaks to Ai’s use of traditional craftsmanship in his art, which is twofold here: as the craft of the Chinese papercut goes back 2000 years, silk weaving was invented even 5000 years ago, remaining a purely Chinese craft for many millennia. This TASCHEN exclusive by Ai Weiwei is made of high-quality Chinese twill silk, a material renowned for its particularly fine texture, woven and screen-printed by hand, and finished with hand-rolled edges.

The motif Cats and Dogs reflects on a decisive period in Ai’s work, from his return to Beijing in 1993 after a decade-long stay in New York to building his Caochangdi home and studio on the Beijing outskirts in 1999. He gives the finger to the Forbidden City, just as he did in his Studies of Perspective, where his outstretched middle finger measured sights around the world. The word “FUCK” is another familiar trope of Ai’s Beijing years, one he spelled as a huge neon sign in his studio garden. Neolithic vases branded with the Coca-Cola logo rest on Ming and Qing Dynasty tables crafted together in contorted shapes. The works are depicted in this papercut as they would be displayed at the studio, surrounded by animals, including the dogs and countless cats who freely roam the house and garden.

Limited edition of 2,500 copies
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, Berlin, and Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal.

Ai Weiwei. The Silk Scarf ‘Cats and Dogs’
Edition of 2,500
Red scarf, 100% silk, 35.4 x 35.4 in., handwoven and hand-silkscreened, finished with hand-rolled edges; wrapped in tissue paper and packaged in cardboard box, 10 x 10 in.

The picture frame seen here is for display purposes only; the scarf is sold unframed.

Customer reviews (7)

A collectible art from the renowned artist "Ai Wei Wei"

Fenia, October 27, 2021
We usually can only see his work outside our private spaces, such as a gallery, or visit them in public art spaces. So it's an honor to be available to bring his artwork to your personal area or give it as a special gift to someone.

Scarf

Cheryl, October 27, 2021
Scarf color is vibrant and sophisticated. I framed it to add color and interest to my space. It became a focal point in the room.

Ai Wei Wei

Olivia, October 27, 2021
Beautiful and a perfect gift

Echter Hingucker

Lea, December 10, 2021
Versand ging sehr schnell und das Tuch hat eine tolle Qualität. Bin sehr zufrieden.

Kunst und Kommerz auf Augenhöhe

Alexander, December 10, 2021
Lieber Taschenverlag,
meine ersten Erinnerungen an „Taschen“ als Verlag stammen noch aus dem Elternhaus. Sehr lange hatte ich Name und Verlag aus meiner Wahrnehmung gestrichen… bis ich 2020 auf der Suche nach einem Weihnachtsgeschenk über die Schalserie von Ai Weiwei stieß. „Taschen“… hmm, da war doch was. Sicherlich längst verstaubt und unmodern, dennoch versuch ich es mal. Was soll ich sagen… herrlich schlicht, unprätentiös und funktional. Vielen Dank für Kunst und Kommerz!

Sehr schön

Benjamin, October 27, 2021
Sehr schnelle Lieferung, sehr schön verpackt (als Geschenk) und sehr sorgfältig in entsprechender Transportverpackung versendet.

Tolle Qualität, tolles Motiv, tolles Kunstwerk

Matthias, October 27, 2021
Das in limitierter Auflage erschiene Kunstwerk, ein Seidenschal mit Ai Weiwei Motiven, überzeugt mit seiner hervorragenden Qualität und Verarbeitung. Ein tolles Produkt das an der Wand hängend einiges hermacht.
Und obendrauf ermöglicht dieser Seidenschal den Besitz eines Kunstwerkes eines großen Künstlers zum kleinen Preis.