"My definition of art has always been the same. It is about freedom of expression, a new way of communication. It is never about exhibiting in museums or about hanging it on the wall. Art should live in the heart of the people. Ordinary people should have the same ability to understand art as anybody else. I don’t think art is elite or mysterious. I don’t think anybody can separate art from politics. The intention to separate art from politics is itself a very political intention." - artist, activist

 

My definition of art has always been the same It is never about exhibiting in museums or about hanging it on the wall. Art should live in the heart of the people. Ordinary people should have the same ability to understand art as anybody else. I don’t think art is elite or mysterious.”

-Ai Weiwei, artist, activist, sculptor, architect, curator, photographer, filmmaker, writer


More about Ai Weiwei

Power has been reinvented in the 21st century, pushing art and culture in rapidly progressive directions. The currency of followers, likes, re-tweets, and re-blogs has arguably overcome price tags on artwork, bringing an elevated stage for anyone determined to share a message or a story.

In art, the rules have changed to reflect the developments of the digital age, and accordingly, so have the artists. Ai Weiwei is an artist who embodies an understanding of these monumental shifts and the best ways we can use new tools to create social change, as thoroughly proven in Alison Klayman’s intimate documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

A film celebrating social responsibility and individualism, it shows how as an artist, architect, sculptor, curator, photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Ai Weiwei has used the power of digital media to rebuke the Chinese government and expose its unlawful behavior… Despite being assaulted, jailed, and silenced by the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei has …

Excerpt:  http://www.complex.com/art-design/2012/07/10-brilliant-quotes-from-ai-weiwei-never-sorry/

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