"I'm a living artist. I live in this society. I'm part of the continuity of struggle which is for freedom of speech and individual rights, and basically that's the core value of my art activities," said Ai Weiwei during an interview in February in his Beijing studio.He is still imprisoned by the Chinese government but he will not give up his convictions. Now he is a man we can all stand behind. For a recent article:
Below, Ai Wei Wei has a show currently on view at the Tate Modern (England)
Ai Wei Wei, The Univlever Series: Sunflower Seeds, 2010
For something else beautiful but no politics involved:
Jocelyn Châteauvert Lily Clouds flax artist made paper, sterling wire 4’ x 14’ x 14’. Artist in Residence at The Smithsonian in 2010.
“I face the ocean, just minutes away my hands imitating a wave as I draw the mould through the vat gathering pulp. Water and fiber settle after the final crest as if exhausted. I tuck each sheet between woolen blankets then press it hard to mingle its cells. Paper still damp my fingers impress crease, fold and pinch integrating structure with pattern. The paper responds then shrinks taking its final form from the air itself.”
And while this was a while ago (2003/2004) I still find it beautiful, at The Tate Modern in England by Olafur Eliasson: THE WEATHER PROJECT