Ai Weiwei: According to What?

If you know anything about contemporary art, you’ve heard of Ai Weiwei. Here is a review of “According to What?” At the AGO until October 27, 2013.

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ABOVE: Ai Weiwei, Colored Vases, 2007-2010, sculpture 

BELOW: Ai Weiwei, Study in Perspective Series, 1995-2003, photography

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This past weekend I went to the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

I admire the man for both his artistic practice and social activism, so I had been looking forward to the show all summer.

For many, conceptual art is a confusing proposition. It is often seen as inaccessible and in many cases, it is. To his credit, Ai Weiwei is about as accessible as you can get within the genre.

Unlike many of his contemporaries who produce academic works of a purely personal narrative, Weiwei’s work is imbued with a deeper meaning and addresses critical issues that affect a large percentage of the world’s population.

This is not to say that Weiwei has entirely removed himself from the art on display or that it is devoid of academia. Both figure prominently in his work but they serve to enhance the message – not override it.

Having been to many art exhibitions over the years, I can honestly say that Ai Weiwei: According to What? was one of the most thought provoking.

Even if conceptual art is not your thing, you should go.

Ai Weiwei: According to What? is at the AGO until October 27, 2013.

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