Ai Weiwei: New York 1983–1993

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

From 1983 to 1993, artist, architect, and activist Ai Weiwei lived in New York City.  Ai, who was 26 years old when he arrived, only returned to China a decade later when he received word that his father, Ai Qing, a writer of extraordinary renown, lay dying. This extended stay in the United States would go on to shape his vision and his work as he entered the avant-garde scene head on. Not yet famous, Ai lived in a tiny apartment in the East Village, where he befriended the likes of Allen Ginsberg, familiarized himself with the work of Joseph Beuys, and allowed himself to be influenced by Andy Warhol. During his decade in New York, Ai took more than 10,000 photographs. From this archive, he personally curated a collection of more than 220 for exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Germany,… Read more »