Filmed for the occasion of "Armory Focus: China" at The Armory Show 2014 in New York City, curator Philip Tinari reflects on the work of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Tinari, director of The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing and curator of "Armory Focus: China", notes Ai's fascination with artists Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol and the resulting influence upon the artist's work.
Ai Weiwei was first featured by Art21 in Season 6 (2012) of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series, and has since appeared in episodes of Art21's "Exclusive" series, as well as in the premiere season of Art21's "Artist to Artist" series.
Learn more about the artist and watch additional videos at:www.art21.org/artists/ai-weiwei
Philip Tinari began a partnership with Art21 in 2009, interviewing artist Cao Fei in Beijing for Season 5 (2009) of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series. Tinari would again partner with Art21 to interview artist Ai Weiwei in Beijing for Season 6 (2012) of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series.
Armory Focus is a specially curated section of The Armory Show that highlights the artistic landscape of a chosen geographic region. For The Armory Show 2014, Philip Tinari curated "Armory Focus: China", shining new light on the country's contemporary cultural practice.
CREDITS | Producer: Eve Moros Ortega. Interview: Eve Moros Ortega. Camera: Rafael Salazar. Sound: Ava Wiland. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Ai Weiwei. Archival Images Courtesy: Ai Weiwei and AW Asia. Thanks: Philip Tinari, The Armory Show, Christopher Mao, John Tancock, Chambers Fine Art, Taliesin Thomas, and Larry Warsh. Theme Music: Peter Foley. Original Ai Weiwei segment excerpted from Season 6 (2012) of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series. Additional Ai Weiwei footage excerpted from the "Artist to Artist" series film, "Diana Al-Hadid at the 55th Venice Biennale". © Art21, Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.