8 5/8 x 18 7/8 x 3 in
Hanger is a subversive series of works depicting a personal symbol of oppression crafted in stainless steel, wood and crystal.
During Ai’s 81 days under secret detention, the common plastic hanger was one of the few items allowed in Ai’s possession. He asked for a set of hangers to dry his laundry and was granted this one request.
In art history, the form of the hanger recalls works by Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Jasper Johns. The work brings to mind Ai’s own use of the hanger in early works, such as Hanging Man (1985).
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About the artist:
A global citizen, artist and thinker, Ai Weiwei moves between modes of production and investigation, subject to the direction and outcome of his research, whether into the Chinese earthquake of 2008 (for works such as Straight, 2008-12 and Remembering, 2009) or the worldwide plight of refugees and forced migrants (for Law of the Journey and his feature-length documentary, Human Flow, both 2017). From early iconoclastic positions in regards to authority and history, which included Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn and a series of middle-finger salutes to sites of power, Study of Perspective (both 1995), Ai’s production expanded to encompass architecture, public art and performance. Beyond concerns of form or protest, Ai now measures our existence in relation to economic, political, natural and social forces, uniting craftsmanship with conceptual creativity. Universal symbols of humanity and community, such as bicycles, flowers and trees, as well as the perennial problems of borders and conflicts are given renewed potency though installations, sculptures, films and photographs, while Ai continues to speak out publicly on issues he believes important. He is one of the leading cultural figures of his generation and serves as an example for free expression both in China and internationally.
Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing and now lives and works in Portugal. He attended Beijing Film Academy and later, on moving to New York (1983–1993), continued his studies at the Parsons School of Design.