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Ai Weiwei
B. 1957
COLOURED VASES
industrial paint on neolithic vases (5,000–3,500 B.C.), in twelve parts
largest: 44.5 by 28.6 by 28.6cm.; 17 1/2 by 11 1/4 by 11 1/4 in.
smallest: 34.3 by 26 by 26cm.; 13 1/2 by 10 1/4 by 10 1/4 in.
Executed in 2006.
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Provenance

Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2009

Catalogue Note

"Perhaps the only way of changing the value and meaning of the urn as objects of great beauty is to free us of the values inscribed upon them: to destroy, to paint or copy them."

Charles Merewether, Ai Wei Wei: Under Construction, Sydney 2008, p. 64

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