Ai Weiwei, ‘Untitled’, 2014, Brooklyn Artists Ball

Estimate $22,500. Ai Weiwei is creating a titanium and mixed media bicycle (this lot is 1/60) for the Brooklyn Museum, to support the presentation of the exhibition "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" Renowned for repurposing everyday objects to deliver social commentary on his native China, Ai has frequently utilized the bicycle, a symbolic nod to his childhood and a crucial means of transport for many people in China.(Please note: this image is for reference; this individual bicycle (edition 1/60) will be shipped in August 2014.)

Ai Weiwei is creating an edition of 60 stainless steel bicycles for the Brooklyn Museum, to support the Museum’s presentation of the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?
This exquisite work is part of a series of works by Ai using bicycles that is related to his childhood experience and to the bicycle’s relevance to the lives of most Chinese people.

Please note: The work will be shipped in August 2014.

About Ai Weiwei

A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China’s most famous artist. Open in his criticism of the Chinese government, Ai was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production. For Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” handpainted by 1,600 Chinese artisans—a commentary on mass consumption and the loss of individuality. His infamous Coca Cola Vase (1994) is a Han Dynasty urn emblazoned with the ubiquitous soft-drink logo. Ai also served as artistic consultant on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has curated pavilions and museum exhibitions around the globe.

Chinese, b. 1957, Beijing, China, based in Beijing, China