Monday, 26 May 2014

Ai Weiwei at YSP

Chinese non-artist Ai Weiwei is currently infesting the newly refurbished 18th century chapel in Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield. He's not doing it in person, of course, because the Chinese government has banned him from travelling abroad; but that doesn't stop his minions from following his orders. Ai Weiwei in the Chapel is his first exhibition in England since the Sunflower Seeds debacle at Tate Modern in 2010. There are a number of "sculptures" inside the chapel: chairs, a wooden map of China and what looks like an onion. Outside stands his Iron Tree (2013) complete with nuts, bolts and rust, until 2 November (CLICK).

2 Comments:

At 26/5/14, Anonymous Dion said...

I'm betting the west would quickly fall out of love with him if he suddenly started saying only positive things about the Chinese government.. but I do like that tree Ian. It's a beauty.

 
At 26/5/14, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Hi, Dion

I agree. If only the Chinese government had been able to prove to the West's satisfaction he's been fiddling his taxes. We all hate tax fiddlers.

It's a good photo of the Iron Tree, but I imagine it looks gross close up. It's a sort of Frankenstein-monster tree with nuts and bolts sticking out all over the place, like Boris Karloff.

 

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