We were thrilled to view works from two of our favorite – and very different! – artists at the fantastic Art Gallery of Ontario this month.
Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary sculptor, photographer, film maker and social and political activist. As an activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. The serpentine sculpture ‘Snake Ceiling’, created form more than 800 backpacks, commemorates the death of 5,000 school children killed when their badly constructed schools collapsed. Unacknowledged by the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei launched a citizen’s investigation to ensure neither the children not the event would be forgotten.
Britain’s foremost 20th-century sculpture Henry Moore created monumental works that fused the female form with natural elements. In 1974 Moore donated over 300 works to AGO including sculptures, drawing and prints. The current exhibition includes plaster casts for some of his best known bronzes.