Friday, May 13, 2011

Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads

I'm lucky enough to live just a few blocks away from a free outdoor public exposition of Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads, a series of massive bronze casts of the twelve heads corresponding to the twelve Chinese lunar years.  Especially due to the recent political scandal and arrest of the artist in China, having these at such a close distance feels like a real treat.  The level of realism varies wildly...the rabbit and monkey are almost cartoonish, while the tiger and rooster have a lot of textural detail.  Stealing the show, as he normally does, is the dragon.  He's dynamic and beautiful and full of life.  There's also something to be said for its gory connotations...after all, these are heads on spikes.  It's worth seeing if you get to NYC or Central's by Pultizer Fountain (59th and 5th, between Central Park South and the Plaza Hotel).

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