Favorite Thing (Friday): Quotes to Ponder

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I’m a little late with this week’s Favorite Thing Friday, but its for a good reason. I was busy enjoying an amazing exhibit from one of my favorite artists!

As my longtime readers know, I’ve written many times about the Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei, (See Seeds to Ponder, Lost in the Zodiac, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favor).  Two years ago I had the pleasure of seeing a couple of his works while in London at the Tate Modern and Somerset House.  I found them to be immensely moving and stimulating, which made me an instant fan of this interesting and outspoken artist.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to visit the Indianapolis Art Museum and see the exhibit, Ai Weiwei: According to What? This is the first full exhibit I’ve seen of his work and it was nothing short of awe inspiring.

Aside from intriguing pieces of sculpture and photography, the exhibit included quotations attributed to Ai Weiwei. In many ways, his words are just as powerful as his work. While I took numerous photographs of his artistic endeavors, (which I will post in the near future). I also aimed my camera at the quotes on the walls.

If the print is too small, click on the image for a full-size view.

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This is a man who strives to create awareness and make people think in any way he can. Love him or hate him, he knows how to stir emotions. That’s why he’s one of my favorite things this week and always.

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Ai Weiwei Speaks and Quotation Pencils
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2013

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14 thoughts on “Favorite Thing (Friday): Quotes to Ponder

  1. rather serendipitous for one of his quotes speaks to something I came across tonight- streaming music, aka Spotify, and how it hurts the indie artists. As an aside, my local art center, purchased part of Seeds – very proud of that purchase!

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  2. How totally cool that you were able to see this exhibit! I finally saw the movie (on cable pay-per-view of all things!) and I remain so impressed at his unrelenting presence in the face of government persecution.
    My favorite thing this week was one entire day without rain, with sky and sun visible. with light and brightness.

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    • I got to see his documentary “So Sorry” at the exhibit. It was incredibly moving and I’m so glad I finally got to see more than just a few clips at a time. We need more people like him in the world.

      How funny – I crave the rain and was so excited to be in the middle of a thunderstorm yesterday!

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