Writings on human life and the refugee crisis by the most important political artist of our time
Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is widely known as an artist across media: sculpture, installation, photography, performance, and architecture. He is also one of the world's most important artist-activists and a powerful documentary filmmaker. His work and art call attention to attacks on democracy and free speech, abuses of human rights, and human displacement--often on an epic, international scale.
This collection of quotations demonstrates the range of Ai Weiwei's thinking on humanity and mass migration, issues that have occupied him for decades. Selected from articles, interviews, and conversations, Ai Weiwei's words speak to the profound urgency of the global refugee crisis, the resilience and vulnerability of the human condition, and the role of art in providing a voice for the voiceless.
Select quotations from the book:
"This problem has such a long history, a human history. We are all refugees somehow, somewhere, and at some moment."
"Allowing borders to determine your thinking is incompatible with the modern era."
"Art is about aesthetics, about morals, about our beliefs in humanity. Without that there is simply no art."
"I don't care what all people think. My work belongs to the people who have no voice."
From domestic pets to majestic wildlife, the huge variety of the animal kingdom is a constant source of inspiration for artists. In this book, artist and dog-lover Aimee Willsher shows how to create successful drawings of a wide range of animals. You will learn how to put simple shapes together to create recognizable forms, before adding tone and texture to bring your drawings to life. From cats, dogs and horses to dolphins and birds, there are many inspiring examples for you to follow.
From its prehistoric origins to the conceptual modernity of the 21st century, sculpture has literally and figuratively moulded the art world. Offering an integral view at its evolution of form across civilisations and epochs, this work presents the masterpieces of sculpture that, with their timeless silhouettes, have shaped the current notion of beauty. Full of reflection on various eras, artists, and their times, this gallery in high relief presents numerous references, commentaries on works, and artist biographies. 30 Millennia of Sculpture opens the door to history and art, making it an ideal guide for both students and neophytes.
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