Ai Weiwei - Life Cycle

at the Marciano Art Foundation


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October 2018

With Maureen, Ron and Susan at the Marciano Art Foundation


  • SUNFLOWER SEEDS: Millions of handcrafted porcelain sunflower seed, each unique.
  • SPOUTS: Tens of thousands of teapot spouts dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). “The spouts reflect an aesthetic and moral value system singular to the Song Dynasty.”
  • LIFE CYCLE: Bamboo boat with figures and 16 quotes. “Ai’s latest response to the global refugee crisis.”
  • TEN WINDOWS. Bamboo and silk. Vignettes originally created for a Parisian department store, referencing Chinese mythology and more.
  • SHANHAIJING: Bamboo and silk. Suspended figures based on mythic figures from the Chinese Classic of Mountains and Sea.
  • Plus more exhibits on the Marciano’s second and third floors, including With All My Love for the  Tulips, I Pray Forever, by Yayoi Kusama. (Read more and see more pix about Yayoi Kusama.)


  • AI WEIWEI: LIFE CYCLE at the Marciano Art Foundation. September 28, 2018 – March 3, 2019. Admission is free, but access is limited. You must MAKE RESERVATIONS
  • Ai Weiwei: Zodiac at the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery September 29, 2018–January 5, 2019
  • Ai Weiwei: CAO/HUMANITY at the UTA Artist Space. October 1 - December 15, 2018
    403 Foothill Rd., Beverly Hills, CA
    Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am — 6.00 pm

For more on the refugee crisis, see FORCED FROM HOME, Doctors Without Borders presentation on refugees, November 2017 at Santa Monica Beach.



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BAMBOO SNAKE. I made this 10 or 15 years ago, before I’d heard of Ai Weiwei. I don’t mean to imply that he got the idea from me.

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