The artist Ai WeiWei has been in our news quite a bit lately as his activities are being circumscribed by his country, China. Lately, he has been under surveillance so has invited the agents watching him to come into his home and be able to see him in person, to report on exactly what he is doing.
The confrontational actions and attitudes of the artist have long been a part of his appeal. The art works that break with convention reflect a spirit that shows in his impatience with his country’s attempts to restrict and impede him in creations shown throughout the world.
The Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London, U.K., benefits from his talents but he has been prevented from attending its opening celebrations. In recent years, WeiWei made a video about the connection between the arts and political life, “Life is never guaranteed to be safe.”
I was delighted to have the chance to view his work in the Hirshorn Museum courtyard, and offer photographs taken then for you here.