Ai Weiwei, Sculpture for The Public Art Fund, New York City
The Artist's Hand , 2017
Electroplated rhodium on cast urethane resin. Signed on underside. New in Artist designed box. from Public Art Fund with original documentation
5 × 4 × 4 in
12.7 × 10.2 × 10.2 cm
Edition of 1000
Irreverent and striking, this special edition rhodium-plated cast model of Ai Weiwei’s hand has been created by the artist on the occasion of his ambitious new citywide Public Art Fund exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, on view in New York City October 2017 – February 2018. Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors is a multi-site, multi-media exhibition commissioned for 300+ public spaces, monuments, buildings, transportation sites, and advertising platforms throughout New York City. Collectively, these elements comprise a passionate response to the global migration crisis and a reflection on the profound social and political impulse to divide people from each other. Weiwei created this rare work in a limited edition of approximately 1000 to raise funds for the Public Art Fund. It sold out within hours and is now a collectors' item. This work was acquired directly from NYC's Public Art Fund and is accompanied by provenance documentation. Makes a terrific and memorable gift. he gesture is adapted from Ai’s famed photo series, Study of Perspective (ongoing since 1995), in which his left arm is extended forward with his middle finger raised in front of significant global landscapes, buildings, and monuments. A rejection of authority and political oppression, and an affirmation of individual expression, Artist’s Hand is the embodiment of the artist’s ethos. "Artist’s Hand, a 5″ x 4″ x 4″ rhodium-plated sculpture of Ai Weiwei’s hand recalls his seminal Study of Perspective series, in which the artist photographed his hand “flipping off” significant landmarks and world monuments in a rejection of authority and political oppression, and an affirmation of individual expression."
Signed and unnumbered in original collectible gift box with Weiwei's plate signature on top.
Incised signature on the underside of the sculpture.
Unnumbered from an edition of 1000
Acquired directly from the Public Art Fund.