Chinese artist Ai Weiwei wins fans in Los Angeles | Reuters

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is living a heavily restricted life in Beijing after being released from detention earlier this year, but his work is speaking volumes to people in the second-largest U.S. city.

(Source: asthedaygrowsdim)

(via Ai Weiwei talks about art, his health and life out of prison - latimes.com)

Visiting Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (The Grey Area)

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads was both visually arresting and emotionally moving—albeit subtly—in its historical references. But overshadowing the work itself (or perhaps enhancing it) is the status it has attained as a testament to the artist’s talent and tenacity in his struggle against the Chinese government, at the hands of which he has been horrifically abused and has suffered greatly, particularly in the last few months….

(via Artist Ai Weiwei’s Clashes with the Chinese Government | PBS NewsHour | June 30, 2011 | PBS)

It’s My Park: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei (by NYCParksDepartment)

Montage: Ai Weiwei / Zodiac Heads Sculptures Exhibit (by Surpass Media LLC)

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Ai Weiwei- Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (by artstuffmatters)


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LAST CHANCE TO SEE: Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads at Somerset House in London

Exhibition final day 26 June 2011

Multiyear international touring exhibition continues with displays in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC and Pittsburgh. Additional European touring venues to be announced shortly.

This is the last chance to see Ai Weiwei’s zodiacthemed animal head sculptures in the courtyard of Somerset House. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is the first public outdoor sculpture installation in London by the artist, who was freed on bail by Chinese authorities on Wednesday. While the first European presentation of this international touring exhibition closes this Sunday, an edition of the work is currently on display at the Pulitzer Fountain in New York until 15 July 2011 and will tour the United States over the next years, opening at LACMA on 1 September 2011.

Its public and critical success in London has led to an increased demand by public and private museums alike to show Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. Further details on additional European touring venues will therefore be released shortly.

Brought to Somerset House by presenting sponsor and collaborative partner AW Asia, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads comprises 12 monumental bronze animal heads, recreations of the traditional Chinese zodiac sculptures which once adorned the fountainclock of Yuanming Yuan, an 18th century imperial retreat outside Beijing. The heads are installed in an arc around Somerset House’s Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court in a close recreation of how they were originally displayed at Yuanming Yuan.

Tour venues and dates:

• Pulitzer Fountain, Grand Army Plaza, Central Park, New York (Until 15 July 2011)

• Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (1 September 2011 15 February 2012)

• Hermann Park, Houston, TX (25 February - 15 June 2012)

• Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (15 June - 25 September


• Warhol Museum & Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (1 October 12 December


The touring exhibition is accompanied by a new publication on the artist and his work.

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals

Edited by Susan Delson

220 pages with 180 illustrations, hardcover


US$49.95 £29.99 Can.$54.95

Publication date: October 2011

Published by Prestel

For more information about Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei, visit www.zodiacheads.com.