A Virtual Clay live internet lecture on the Chinese activist artist by Garth Clark, a leading writer and commentator on modern and contemporary art.
He has written, edited and contributed to more than sixty books on ceramic art and authored more than 200 essays, reviews and monographs that have been translated onto dozens of languages. He is now the Chief Editor for CFile a non-pofit global online campus for contemporary ceramics in art, design and architecture.
Ai Weiwei is considered one of the great artists of our time and he has gained even more fame because of his opposition and persecution by the current Chinese government who seeks to limit his influence.
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This event is part of 92Ys Virtual Clay series: offering first of a kind, real-time online classes that gather a vibrant community of artists, designers and art historians to speak with you about important topics in ceramics. The conversations are meant to challenge preconceptions and explore new territory, inspiring you to think about the world in fresh and different ways. All of this in the comfort of your home, studio or classroom.
This event is part of the 7 Days of Genius series.
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Garth Clark (b. 1947 Pretoria, South Africa) is the leading writer and commentator on modern and contemporary ceramic art and an increasingly outspoken critic of the crafts movement.
He has written, edited and contributed to over 60 books on ceramic art and authored over 200 essays, reviews and monographs that have been have been translated into dozens of languages. This year, his books on the Navajo potter Christine McHorse and the Chinese conceptualist Ai Weiwei will be published. Clark was the co-owner, with Mark Del Vecchio, of the Garth Clark Gallery in New York and Los Angeles from 1981 to 2008, and, since 1979, he has been the founding director of the nonprofit group Ceramic Arts Foundation. He and Del Vecchio now curate auctions three times a year for modern ceramic art. He is now the chief editor for CFile (cfileonline.org) a non-pofit global online campus for contemporary ceramics in art, design and architecture.
Ai Weiwei is an artist and a social activist. His work encompasses diverse fields including fine arts, curating, architecture and social criticism. Born in Beijing in 1957, he moved to Xinjiang with his family between 1960 and 1976. Subsequently he relocated to the United States in 1981 and lived there until 1993. He currently resides and works in Beijing.
On April 3, 2011, Ai was secretly detained by the police for 81 days at the Beijing Capital International Airport while on his way to board a flight to Hong Kong. He was released on bail on June 22, 2011 upon fabricated tax charges. Although the bail was lifted after a year, the authorities have not returned his passport and he remains prohibited from travelling outside China.
In collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, Ai Weiwei designed the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion in London, UK. Among numerous awards and honors, he won the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation in 2012, and was selected as Honorary Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK in 2011.
His major solo exhibitions include Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2012), Ai Weiwei: Absent at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2011), Circle of Animals at the Pulitzer Fountain, New York, NY (2011), Interlacing at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (2011), The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei at the Tate Modern, London, UK (2010), So Sorry at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2009) and Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 at Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing (2009).