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Ai Wei Wei at Mary Boone Gallery - March 8, 2008

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Published on Mar 9, 2008

The first major exhibition in New York by this influential Chinese contemporary artist, who, through his diverse body of work, distills that nation's restless cultural, social, and political order.
As the centerpiece of the show, 艾未未 Ai Weiwei has created "Descending Light", an adaptation of his iconic chandelier form that here appears to have buckled by the violent impact of its fall. Lying askew on the ground, the fixture's colossal structural rings remain festooned with strands of red crystals illuminated from within. With its brilliant red, emblematic of China, the work at once conveys the toppling of established order and the burning promise of the future.

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