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Money – £ by Ai Weiwei

Money – £ by Ai Weiwei

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Edition Size: Edition of 840

Sheet Size: 29.7 x 21.0 cm cm


Condition: Pristine

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Here, Ai breaks down contemporary British society through the prism of £100. Like so much of his most powerful work, it is unapologetically critical of the social, economic and political structures of the capitalist West. Starting by listing the more arbitrary commodities available to a person with £100 – cans of baked beans, taxi journeys and marijuana – Ai digresses into examining the value of £100 as a percentage of vast sums being made and spent by powerful individuals and institutions. In doing so, he highlights the divide and disparity found in society today and implicitly demands action be taken.

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a world-famous contemporary artist from China. He works in a variety of media and has been a vocal critic of human rights issues in China. He spent time during his childhood forced into re-education camps because his father, Ai Quing, also an artist, had been accused of being a “Rightist” by the government of China. Ai Weiwei later attended the Film Academy in Beijing, where he studied animation. After moving to New York, he supported himself by drawing portraits of people on the street, and was influenced by cultural figures like Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg. He attended further study at the Art School League of New York and the Parsons School of Design.

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