Tag Archives: Ai Wei Wei

Philosophy of an Artist II

From a recent interview with Ai Weiwei comes the following:“My answer may sound like a cliché. I think you only live once. A life is like a fortune that is owned by every one of us. “Actually it’s not so … Continue reading

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Fallible Ai

While I wasn’t looking, Alfredo Triff, on his very good blog miami bourbaki, has made a pretty comprehensive analysis of the Ai Weiwei – Maximo Caminero imbroglio, so I interrupt my usual progression of posts to mention it. I agree … Continue reading

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Underground?

I’ve just found a really good blog – by accident naturally, as everything on the internet. It’s called miami bourbaki, written by a fellow called Alfredo Triff. There is also a link below. His meanderings may be a little obscure … Continue reading

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Morandi and Ai

I’ve just read a book by Guardian journalist Barnaby Martin about Ai Weiwei and his recent imprisonment. Ai has been mentioned on this blog before, and he is important for the position I’m trying to develop. He has to be … Continue reading

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Empty subjects, empty worlds

The choice of Ai Weiwei to quote in the previous post may seem odd, because there are certainly other sources for the same ideas, perhaps more eloquent, or more purely involved in aesthetics. But I like to hear Ai say … Continue reading

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Inwardness projected

As I discussed in the posts about R.H.Quaytman, inside and outside are arbitrary distinctions, and it is this fact which is responsible for the skepticism about the self exhibited by the more sophisticated members of the art world. Perhaps art … Continue reading

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Jack Vance

From Julian Barbour and the block universe to minimalism to the negative social sublime of Smithson and Ai Weiwei, I’ve been wondering about a temporal perspective that denies change, that posits a kind of steady state. Obviously these sources are … Continue reading

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Time and Ai Weiwei

I’ve just finished writing a review for the magazine Yishu. It’s a comparison between two recently published books, Ai Weiwei’s blog posts and Gao Minglu’s historical study of the Chinese avant-garde, Total Modernity. I love Ai’s whole attitude. He is … Continue reading

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As Ai Wei Wei sees it

Self-reflection is the process of modernism, although we usually give it the more portentous label of self-criticism. Self-reflection is also how the individual’s subjectivity or inwardness grows, how they find their own limits and possibilities. On the social scale self-reflection … Continue reading

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Global politics of modernism

I need to do more research on Ai Wei Wei, including trying to find some of his writings, but I think the important thing is his straightforward equation of self-reflection, both in art and in the subject, with democratic nation … Continue reading

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Ai Wei Wei and the modernist interior

I’m not especially interested in Ai Wei Wei’s work, I find it to be more or less typical contemporary global conceptualism, but I think that his understanding of modern art is brilliant and very important for China and the rest … Continue reading

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