Ai Weiwei by Karen Smith is the first book of it's kind that takes a detailed look at this key figure of China’s burgeoning art scene.
Often utilising ancient materials, the artist works with items such as beams from destroyed temples and Han dynasty urns to create ingenious sculptures that break new artistic ground while commenting on the rapid transformation of contemporary China.
Innovative and unmistakably original, Ai Weiwei's pieces span sculpture to photography and architectural commissions; recalling the work of his creative forebears Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol.
As a pivotal figure of contemporary art, Ai Weiwei's influence can be seen in the multiplicity of his roles: not just an artist, designer and architect, but also curator, publisher, web blogger and cultural compass for an entire generation of Beijing artists.
Survey by Karen Smith, Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Focus by Bernard Fibicher, Artist's choice by Ai Qing, Writings by Ai Weiwei.
29 x 25 cm
200 colour illustrations