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Weiwei-isms by [Ai, Weiwei]
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Length: 149 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Chinese artist and humanitarian activist Ai Weiwei works innovatively in a bold variety of modes and media, from video works to sculpture made from the fragments of ancient statues of Buddha to salvaged pieces of old, traditional houses destroyed by developers. He has published groundbreaking art books; the Internet has been essential to his art and contact with the global community; and he is as in command of language as he is of images and objects. This little book collects Ai’s aphorisms, or “Weiwei-isms,” distilled thoughts culled from Ai’s writings, interviews, and Twitter posts on freedom of expression, human rights, art and activism, power and the government, and moral choices. Embattled in a “war of words” with the Chinese government, as Warsh notes, Ai’s “skill in wielding the brief phrase as cultural statement has gained scholarly and critical admiration as an art form unto itself.” As brilliant and serious as Ai is, he is also companionable and uplifting: “Liberty is about our rights to question everything.” “My favorite word? It’s act.” “Art is not an end but a beginning.” --Donna Seaman

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One of The Village Voice's Favorite Books for 2012

One of Big Think's Best Art Books of 2012

One of Huffington Post's Best Art Books for 2012, List of the 50 Greatest Creative Publications

"Warsh has collected statements from Weiwei on topics ranging from technology to Twitter, freedom of speech to the power of action, and creativity to morality. Although loosely divided into chapters, the book and its brief but powerful quotations all reference back to humanity and the rights of all its members. Unfailingly pithy and refreshingly modest, the book reads quickly and conversationally. Inspirational through its simplicity and generating feelings of complicity, Weiwei succeeds in creating obsessed readers and his desire for obsessed citizens, in China and the world at large, cannot be far behind."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[H]ere is a man who understands how to get messages to people. His expertise in artful dissemination is the 21st-century equivalent of Andy Warhol's brilliant populism. . . . [E]pigrammatic, pungent, uncompromising."--Peter Aspden, Financial Times

"Physically Weiwei-isms is a black, small hardbound book, fitting nicely into a jacket pocket and meant to be carried around, perused at chance moments and ruminated on. It knowingly bears a resemblance to the little red books that were given out by Chairman Mao in order to popularize his philosophies to his subjects. Yet, brainwashing is not the dastardly attempt of the author this time; it is more akin to brain-widening. Take a look for yourself. I feel safe in saying that some statement, one of his turns of phrase, will hit you like a punch in the gut, likely leaving an emotional bruise that will take great time and thought to recover from."--Luke Goldstein, Blogcritics

"If it's even possible to put a whole person into your pocket, Weiwei-isms comes close. . . . Unlike The Little Red Book, carrying Weiwei-isms isn't compulsory, but you'll find yourself compelled to read it again and again and fit it into your head and heart, if not your pocket."--Bob Duggan, Big Think

"For those who have been moved by his struggles with the Chinese authorities, who admire his art or dance along to his irreverent interpretation of Psy's 'Gangnam Style', taken up by artists and museums across the world on YouTube, Ai Weiwei's little book of sayings is for you."--Sarah Greenberg, Editor of RA Magazine

"This little book collects Ai's aphorisms, or 'Weiwei-isms,' distilled thoughts culled from Ai's writings, interviews, and Twitter posts on freedom of expression, human rights, art and activism, power and the government, and moral choices. . . . As brilliant and serious as Ai is, he is also companionable and uplifting."--Booklist

"Although this book, a collection of quotes from Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, is only four by five inches in dimension, it contains powerful and dangerous ideas. Powerful for general readers: 'Creativity is part of human nature. It can only be untaught.' And dangerous to China's leaders: 'The people who control culture in China have no culture.' Chinese authorities have beaten and jailed Ai, destroyed his studio, and threatened his loved ones because he won't stop denouncing government oppression. Buy this book to keep his brave words alive, since, as he points out, 'The government computer has one button: delete.'"--R.C. Baker, Village Voice

"PERFECT FOR: Dissidents-in-training, Ai fans and anyone with a Twitter handle."--Huffington Post

"His quotations, collected from his own writings, interviews and Tweets, offer musings on art, politics and Chinese life. They also show us the man himself: uncompromising, upfront, amusing, and charismatic, with an often wicked sense of humour."--Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, The Independent

"The little black book of Weiwei-isms packs a serious, pensive punch."--Karen Day, Cool Hunting

"Don't let the size fool you. Ai Weiwei's 'little black book' will leave a lasting impression."--Sylvia Tsai, ArtAsiaPacific

"This wonderful little book of memorable quotes from the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei--culled from his numerous videos and posts on his blog and Twitter--encourages us to accept the challenges of life and to use our time on this earth to stand up for human rights and a better life for all."--John May, Generalist

"Weiwei-isms is not another trite collection of quotes gathered for the casual reader. From a man who admonishes 'Say what you need to say plainly, and then take responsibility for it' comes this short, frank, and thoughtful collection that does just that."--Michael Abatemarco, Pasatiempo, New Mexican

Product details

  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OQ8R4C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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