Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has taken the unusual path of continuing to create his politically sensitive art inside the country that has jailed and abused him for speaking out. His works are world class political art that was recently featured by Artsy.net in an online collection of his works that is second to none. From the Artsy.net Ai Weiwei page:
A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China’s most famous artist. Open in his criticism of the Chinese government, Ai was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production.
For Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” hand painted by 1,600 Chinese artisans—a commentary on mass consumption and the loss of individuality. His infamous Coca Cola Vase (1994) is a Han Dynasty urn emblazoned with the ubiquitous soft-drink logo. Ai also served as artistic consultant on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has curated pavilions and museum exhibitions around the globe.
Also see Artsy’s latest article, “Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz: The Art of Political Dissidence“, written by Kara Q. Smith. An excerpt:
Art world intrigue abounded in the lead up to the opening of Ai Weiwei’s exhibition on Alcatraz, the federal penitentiary-turned-national park located on the San Francisco Bay. Organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation and curated by FOR-SITE’s Cheryl Haines, who visited Ai’s studio in Beijing and worked closely with his assistants to put together the exhibition, “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” contains seven different installations in four areas of the historic prison campus, including buildings previously cordoned off to viewers.