Photos by G. Art by Ai Weiwei.
Snake Ceiling by Ai Weiwei
If you are in Brooklyn, I would recommend checking out “According to What?” by Ai Weiwei. The artist has made the news a lot in the last few years for his activism (according to US) and for “economic crimes” (according to THEM) which has lead to incarceration in a Chinese prison – for nearly 3 months – and a ban on foreign travel for the artist.
Marble Security Camera
“According to What?” focuses on works made over the last 20 years and you will have even more respect for Weiwei when you see what he’s gone through as a result of being a loud voice against the closed-minded thinking of his government. There are many works that have resulted from the disastrous 2008 earthquake in Sichuan.
“Straight” made out of 73 tons of steel!
Most notably is a work called “Straight” made of 73 tons of salvaged steel from the schools destroyed in the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. Weiwei says this piece serves as a reminder to the Chinese government for their inadequate and poor construction on these buildings, ultimately leading to the deaths of many young lives. On the sides of the walls are the names of all the deceased from this tragedy. It’s a very powerful piece.
Selfie of Weiwei after his arrest and capture.
Weiwei flipping off the government!
A bowl of pearls! Literally…. and you can’t tell from the photo, but this bowl is HUGE and there are two of them next to each other. Also on display are several “tea houses” literally made from loose leafed tea. Very cool!
Bowl of Pearls
And if these pieces don’t wow you, there is a massive display of interlocked bikes.
Bikes – Partial View
“According to What?” by Ai Weiwei is at the Brooklyn Museum through August 10, 2014 and please note, there is an additional charge for this exhibit as well as museum admission. But it’s worth it!
Ai Weiwei – According to Who?
Photos by G. Various Artists.
The Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens
Recently, the Happy Famous Artists were in town and they turned me on to the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Gail and I went on an urban adventure to sunny Queens and checked out a really cool exhibit entitled “Do It (Outside).” [Side note: you can see more photos of this exhibit from Worley Gig, Happy Famous Artists or the official Socrates website by clicking the links above.]
Socrates by David Barry
A selection of artists (including Robert Ashley, Darren Bader, Nairy Baghramian, John Baldessari, Yto Barrada, Robert Barry, Jerome Bel, Mel Bochner, Minerva Cuevas, Tacita Dean, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, William Forsythe, Paul-Armand Gette, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Konstantin Grcic, Anna Halprin, Cristina Iglesias, Koo Jeong-A, Joan Jonas, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Alison Knowles, Suzanne Lacy, Adriana Lara, Bertrand Lavier, Xavier Le Roy, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Anibal Lopez, David Lynch, Christian Marclay, Enzo Mari, Paul McCarthy, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander, Albert Oehlen, Yoko Ono, Clifford Owens, Lygia Pape, Nicolas Paris, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cedric Price, Tobias Rehberger, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Eszter Salamon, Tomas Saraceno, Peter Saville, Kazuyo Sejima, . Shimabuku, Gabriel Sierra, Andreas Slominski, Michael Smith, Nancy Spero, Hugo Suter, Anton Vidokle, Hannah Weinberger, Ai Weiwei, Franz West, Erwin Wurm) have written out instructions to be interpreted by other artists, performers, community groups, and the public, as you can see above.
“What Would Tracey Do” by Tracey Emin
If you are looking for a fun getaway from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, take the N train out to Queens and enjoy this beautiful park with nice views of the city and in addition, if sculptures are your thing, you are walking distance from the Noguchi Museum (more to come on that).
Gail For Rent
Gail and I had fun interacting with the art on an extremely hot but gorgeous day.
G inside Konstantine Grcic art.
“Do It (Outside)” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist only runs through July 7, 2013, so don’t miss your chance to see and interact with a lot of great art.
Socrates Sculpture Park is located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City and is open 365 days a year from 10 am to sunset.
Photos by G. Art by Ai Weiwei.
Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei at Mary Boone Gallery in New York. Now showing through February 4, 2012.
As Chinese artist Ai Weiwei did at the Tate Modern in London in 2010, his porcelain sunflower seeds sculpture has made its way to New York’s Mary Boone gallery. If this doesn’t make you re-examine the term “Made in China,” what will?
Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei
Mary Boone Gallery is located at 541 West 24th Street in Manhattan.
Photo by G.
Released but Not Free - Let Him Speak
Whoa! I agree completely.
I also will take this one step further and say that while a lot of us roam the streets freely, people are not raising their voices and speaking up about the great injustices that are being done to us by governments, the media (by spreading hatred instead of love) and corporations.
I predict that a leader will emerge and point out to the masses the simple fact (and feel free to prove me wrong, but I am correct) that 1% of the world is controlling the other 99%. I say this over and over again with the hopes that you will use your voice and speak up to ANYONE who will listen. If they won’t listen to your whispers, start shouting!!! Don’t you want a better life, free of all this unnecesary bullshit that drives us further apart instead of bringing us all together? I do.
Pass it on….