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(The New Republic)   Ai Weiwei is a courageous and inspiring dissident and a person we should all look up to. There's only one problem--he's a sh*tty artist   (newrepublic.com ) divider line
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2013-02-06 02:30:48 PM  
Is that pronounced "I weewee"?
 
2013-02-06 02:39:37 PM  
Shiatty, indeed. Went by the Hirschorn the other day on a whim and saw his nonsense. Weewee's stuff is the artistic equivalent of that "LOOK AT ME! I'm an attention whore!" pic that shows up on Fark daily.
If you can imagine picking up a soda can off the ground, putting it on a pedestal by itself, and hearing some hipster make deep observations about how it's reminiscent of Christ, well that's what this exhibit brings. Laughably uninteresting.
 
2013-02-06 02:48:21 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Is that pronounced "I weewee"?


I wayway
 
2013-02-06 02:52:17 PM  
You can tell me he's terrible, and I guess I'll take your word for it.  But I wouldn't know if he was terrible or absolutely legendary on my own, based on the art some folks love/hate.
 
2013-02-06 02:58:24 PM  

sevenbucks: Shiatty, indeed. Went by the Hirschorn the other day on a whim and saw his nonsense. Weewee's stuff is the artistic equivalent of that "LOOK AT ME! I'm an attention whore!" pic that shows up on Fark daily.
If you can imagine picking up a soda can off the ground, putting it on a pedestal by itself, and hearing some hipster make deep observations about how it's reminiscent of Christ, well that's what this exhibit brings. Laughably uninteresting.


I totally agree - saw this show a couple of months ago and I thought it was boring and uninspired.  Seems like he just copies (or, really, has his assistants copy) other artists' ideas and then tries to claim that his art undermines the government's propaganda and mind-control policies by literally stating: "this piece of art clearly shows how bad the government's policies/actions are".  But if the art is something that no one wants to see, how is that getting his message across?  He should leave the art alone and just work on the dissident part.  Or maybe he should write instead of trying to create physical pieces of art, since he clearly has no talent for it.  I imagine he was thrown in jail more for his statements than for his art.
 
2013-02-06 03:11:57 PM  

Fliegan: I imagine he was thrown in jail more for his statements than for his art.


Perhaps being jailed repeatedly for poor taste is what turned him into a dissident.
 
2013-02-06 03:36:50 PM  
If nothing else, he's got self-promotion down.
 
2013-02-06 03:54:03 PM  
Oh great, another Donald Judd disciple.
 
2013-02-06 04:04:10 PM  
But...but...but..ART!

www.artdesigncafe.com
 
2013-02-06 04:08:13 PM  
To be fair, he's had brain issues ever since the police beat his ass down in 2009.  His work was never great, but I'm not surprised it has been all downhill since then.
 
2013-02-06 04:17:37 PM  
We all know Jesus was a carpenter, but new findings are showing that he wasn't a very good carpenter.

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2013-02-06 04:37:49 PM  

enik: But...but...but..ART!

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Modern art is more about the explanation than the work itself. If you can come up with a good and/or pretentious enough story, it doesn't matter what the actual "art" is.
 
2013-02-06 05:05:36 PM  
I think Michelangelo was a hack.
 
2013-02-06 05:17:37 PM  
If there's anything worse than modern art, it's modern art critics.
 
2013-02-06 05:21:45 PM  
I don't think the New Republic should be allowed to have an art critic, unless they focus exclusively on art that's over 100 years old.

I don't generally like the current minimalist/conceptualist/non-art Art movement, but I do like Ai's stuff, as there's some powerful images in there.  The marble CCTV cameras look awesome, the Backpack Series is really powerful stuff, and people I know who saw the sunflower seed installation at the Tate in London said it was amazing.

It may not be for everyone, and his art may be suffering a bit because he can't travel anymore to work on his installations, but I don't see how anyone can dismiss him out of hand -unless, like the author of the article- you hate contemporary art.

There are a couple important things to keep in mind when thinking about Ai: he didn't have to go back to China; he was educated here in the States and could easily have stayed in Manhattan and been a New York art-world darling.  But he didn't.  He went home, to see if China was really living up to its promises it's been making to the West (short answer, it isn't).  And he doesn't need to make art to make a living; he supported himself for years as a professional blackjack player.

But if you want one reason Farkers should like the guy, it's Gangnam Style
 
2013-02-06 06:06:04 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: I don't think the New Republic should be allowed to have an art critic, unless they focus exclusively on art that's over 100 years old.

I don't generally like the current minimalist/conceptualist/non-art Art movement, but I do like Ai's stuff, as there's some powerful images in there.  The marble CCTV cameras look awesome, the Backpack Series is really powerful stuff, and people I know who saw the sunflower seed installation at the Tate in London said it was amazing.

It may not be for everyone, and his art may be suffering a bit because he can't travel anymore to work on his installations, but I don't see how anyone can dismiss him out of hand -unless, like the author of the article- you hate contemporary art.

There are a couple important things to keep in mind when thinking about Ai: he didn't have to go back to China; he was educated here in the States and could easily have stayed in Manhattan and been a New York art-world darling.  But he didn't.  He went home, to see if China was really living up to its promises it's been making to the West (short answer, it isn't).  And he doesn't need to make art to make a living; he supported himself for years as a professional blackjack player.

But if you want one reason Farkers should like the guy, it's Gangnam Style


I've never seen another Ai Weiwei exhibit, but I have seen many other exhibits at the Hirshhorn museum, and I thought this just wasn't up to the usual thoughfulness and quality of the art.  For example, I thought the Yves Klein exhibit from a couple of years ago was great.  It had similar installation-type pieces as Weiwei's show, but I thought it was much more interesting because a lot of it was about pushing boundaries in art and commenting on the ridiculousness of the art world, plus it was fun.  I got the feeling from Weiwei's show that it was all about having an army of people to execute a work (made me think of the second half of Exit Through the Gift Shop) similar to original pieces by other artists and then applying the politcal rational afterwards. I wasn't expecting anything "fun" from a political dissident who had been imprisoned and beaten, but thoughtful and original from idea through execution would have been nice.  The art (or maybe the exhibit) seemed to be missing focus.

There were lots of people at Weiwei's show, so it seems that others really like what he is doing (or maybe they were drawn by the notoriety, like I was).
 
2013-02-06 06:33:21 PM  

Buck Henderson: If there's anything worse than modern art, it's modern art critics.


It is like stop liking what I don't like times a thousand. Here is the most subjective of all things, art, and you've got pretentious douchebags fighting one another over who feels more special.
 
2013-02-06 06:36:10 PM  

Buck Henderson: If there's anything worse than modern art, it's modern art critics.


Why get worked up over an art movement that died in the 1970's? Seems sort of pointless.


Fliegan:   For example, I thought the Yves Klein exhibit from a couple of years ago was great.

Yves Klein was the poster child of creating all things people now consider "not art". If her were alive today the ridicule would be endless. (and undeserved)

Still, he gave us Blue Man Group. Which is nice.
 
2013-02-06 09:10:07 PM  
I saw three picture and I dig his crazy ass furniture.

Reminds me of what I did with all the tall chairs in the chem lab one time. You just have to interlock all the legs together and balance them just right...or you get a bunch of chairs in the head.
 
2013-02-06 09:53:15 PM  
They're doing a play about him at the Hampstead theatre in may.
 
2013-02-08 01:22:42 AM  

Cagey B: Fliegan: I imagine he was thrown in jail more for his statements than for his art.

Perhaps being jailed repeatedly for poor taste is what turned him into a dissident.


You know what other poor artist was jai--- oh forget it.
 
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