I’m really excited to hear about Ai Weiwei’s latest artwork:
Good Fences Make Good Neighbours
“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” Credit Ai Weiwei Studio
Ai Weiwei will build more than 100 fences and installations around New York City for “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” one of his most large-scale public art projects to date. The exhibition, which opens on Oct. 12, was commissioned by the Public Art Fund.
This means I need to plan another trip to NYC to see the exhibition in person. Ai Weiwei is one of my favourite artists, I have been following his work for many years now, and have been lucky enough to see his work in person previously in London and Beijing.
The exhibition will comprise of about 10 major fence-themed installations and scores of smaller works spread across multiple boroughs, including Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Among the planned sites for Ai Wewei’s project are Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, the Cooper Union building in Manhattan and Doris C. Freedman Plaza, at the tourist-heavy southeast corner of Central Park.
Ai Weiwei calls attention to human rights violations on an epic scale; as an artist, he expands the definition of art to include new forms of social engagement. I’m really excited about seeing this work unfold.