Ai Weiwei (B. 1957)
Oil Spills
porcelain, in nine parts
smallest: 7 1/8 x 5 ½ x 1 3/8in. (18 x 14 x 3.5cm.)
largest: 47 ¼ x 41 ¾ x 1 5/8in. (120 x 106 x 4cm.)
Executed in 2007
Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
K. Smith, H. U. Obrist and B. Fibicher, Ai Weiwei, London 2009 (details from another example illustrated in colour, pp. 86-87).
Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE - 2010 CE), exh. cat., Glenside, Arcadia University Art Gallery, 2010 (installation view in Beijing of another example illustrated in colour, p. 37).
Beijing, Galerie Urs Meile, Ai Weiwei, 2006 (another example exhibited).
Milan, Lisson Gallery, Ai Weiwei, 2012 (another example exhibited).

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