Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

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Edited by Max Delany and Eric Shiner; With essays by John J. Curley, Gao Minglu, Caroline A. Jones, Anna Poletti, John Tancock, Larry Warsh, Kathryn Weir, and Matt Wrbican

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This stunning publication is the first to examine in tandem the work and influence of two towering figures in contemporary art

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) and Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) are two of the most internationally renowned artists of the past 100 years, famous not only for their artwork but also for influencing the culture of their time. This exciting book is the first to consider the work of these artists alongside one another, in dialogue and in correspondence, to explore the artists’ meticulous observations of modern and contemporary art, life, and politics. Andy Warhol’s investigation of consumer society, fame, and celebrity offers thought-provoking points of connection with Ai Weiwei’s interrogation of the relationship between tradition and modernity, the role of the individual to the state, questions of human rights, and the value of freedom of expression. Parallels also exist between the ways in which each artist transformed the understanding of artistic value and studio production, and redefined the role of the artist—as impresario, cultural producer, activist, and brand.
Alongside beautifully reproduced images by both artists—including works by Ai Weiwei published here for the first time—are illuminating essays by an international team of art experts, curators, and scholars that survey the scope of the artists’ careers and interpret the significant impact of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei on modern art and contemporary life. This deluxe, collectible catalogue is available in three different, limited-edition colors.

Max Delany is senior curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Eric Shiner is director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. 


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

"By exploring the similarities and dissimilarities between Warhol and ai, the contributors to this collection offer fresh perspectives and unusual interpretations of how Ai has continued to experiment with painting and sculpture, photography and film, installation and conceptual works, so that he has remained a pioneer among artists who look to the internet and social media for new pathways to creative dissent beyond studio production and gallery display."—Kosmas Tsokhas, Journal of Contemporary Asia

ISBN: 9780300219357
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Publishing Partner: Published in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
328 pages, 8 3/4 x 11
192 color + 89 b/w illus.

Sales Restrictions: World, except for Australia and New Zealand
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