Cube Light, which will be shown at MISA SHIN GALLERY, is the largest volume made in the chandelier series, and the first that has been in the shape of a cube. It is one of several of Ai’s works that have been reminiscent of the minimalist art made by the likes of Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd. Ai settled on the plan to make Cube Light almost immediately after seeing the space and floor plan of MISA SHIN GALLERY. Ai described the space as “a room for one light” as the size of the space fit perfectly with the volume of the cube light. We hope very much you will come and appreciate the delicate light emitting from the artwork as it illuminates a gallery that retains reminders of its previous life as a factory.
Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing in 1957. In 1979, during the dawn of China’s now burgeoning contemporary art scene, Ai set out on the path of an artist with his involvement in the establishment of Xingxing (The Stars), the first avant-garde art group to be formed since the Cultural Revolution. Between 1981 and 1993, Ai lived and worked in the United States. Nowadays, Ai is based in Beijing, where his activities span myriad domains, including art, architecture, design and social activism. His works of conceptual art, which tend to contain cutting insights into society, have won critical acclaim around the world.
A lecture by the artist is planned during the exhibition. Details about that event will be announced when they are finalized.
MISA SHIN GALLERY is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, Ai Weiwei’s “Cube Light,” commencing Friday, November 19, 2010, and continuing until Saturday, January 29, 2011.
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