Join Public Art Fund for a conversation between internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei and Director & Chief Curator Nicholas Baume, to celebrate the launch of our new publication Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, a comprehensive volume documenting the exhibition of the same name. The artist’s epic and powerful reflection on the global refugee crisis was a compelling, ambitious public art exhibition that spanned all five boroughs of New York City through 300+ works in a variety of mediums and scales. Good Fences Make Good Neighbors proposed an unprecedented model for a citywide exhibition and this new publication takes on the challenge of creating an equally innovative form of documentation. In this conversation, Baume and the artist will talk about his ongoing work, activism, and passion for public art. They will discuss the impact of the exhibition and the development of the publication, reflecting on the importance of creativity and civic engagement.
The publication (distributed by Yale University Press) thoroughly documents the project from conception to final installation and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the research, preparatory drawings, planning, and fabrication that brought these works to life. The book includes an in-depth interview with Ai Weiwei about the project’s personal significance, a comprehensive essay by Baume, and insightful commentary from a wide variety of individuals—including Carol Becker, Olafur Eliasson, Agnes Gund, David Miliband, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Jorge Ramos, among many others.
Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
304 pages, 570 color illustrations
Distributed by Yale University Press
Available for pre-order at the left link
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