According to Who? An Ai Weiwei Retrospective at Hirshhorn Museum

Ai Wei Wei: According To What?

Chinese dissident artist, Ai Wei Wei made his mark in the District again. (Previously, it was with Fragments.) Last October, the Hirshhorn Museum debuted a retrospective exhibit of Ai’s work, which included sculptures, photographs and installations. I was just in time to catch the final day of this exhibit last Sunday. See more pictures of the exhibit on my Flickr pageContinue reading

Ai Weiwei’s “Fragments” on Display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The structure in the lobby of the Arthur M. Sackler gallery, is a piece known as “Fragments”. It’s the work of China’s dissident artist, Ai Weiwei, created in 2005. Old and dark pieces of wood — most of them elevated — are connected together to form a haphazard structure. In the middle is a tall pole that rises out and towers high above the structure. A pair of conjoined stools sit uncomfortably on one side of the structure.

In the eyes of the uninitiated, “Fragments” may not seem to have any rhyme or reason. Visually, it’s not terribly appealing. Overall, the structure looks rather grim.

“Fragments” isn’t meant to be pretty. To really appreciate Ai’s vision, you have to know the backstory. Continue reading