Renowned artist, Ai Weiwei creates cow in Paris
Ai Weiwei is one of China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists. Ai is best known for projects such as his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron on the 2008 Beijing Olympic National Stadium, as well as his embrace of the Internet and social media as a platform for his activism. Despite his arrest and eighty-one-day detention in 2011, Ai has continued to create art that transcends dualities between East and West. His 12 gold-plated zodiac/animal heads sold at auction for $4.3 million this past year.
Ai’s incredible life-story is featured in the award-winning documentary, “Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry” and in extensive articles in The Telegraph and New Yorker, among other publications.
- Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry (documentary)
- It’s Not Beautiful, The New Yorker
- Ai Weiwei, A Tumultuous Timeline (The Telegraph)
Ai created the Mapping Cow as part of CowParade Transhumance France 2015 (Paris Edition). Named by the Art Review as the “most powerful artist in the world”, Ai Weiwei has created many map paintings and works over the years, and his “Mapping Cow” is emblematic of his style.