Hanger is a work crafted in huanghuali wood, a prized material used traditionally in Chinese furniture making. In 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested and secretly detained for 81 days. During that period of detention, the only objects Ai was allowed were a few plastic hangers to hang his laundry. Ai elevated this common object through a fine and expensive material, using the highest level of craftsmanship. On another level, the work also relates to the readymade. Ai had often said that China is his readymade. The work is a knowing nod toward Duchamp's influence.


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Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, and filmmaker whose work is rooted in political urgency and contemporary relevance. Rebar and Case is his sculptural installation that draws on the devastating 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province, which left 70,000 casualties including over 5,000 student deaths. In the tragedy’s aftermath, the government failed to release the names and numbers of the victims, and in response, Ai Weiwei organized a Citizens’ Investigation, which set out to identify each individual child. The Work Center is particularly honored to present this work during the 10-year anniversary of the earthquake. Additional notable installations include Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, where he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” handpainted by 1,600 Chinese artisans; his infamous Han Dynasty Urn with Coca Cola Logo (1993), a Han Dynasty urn emblazoned with the ubiquitous soft-drink logo; and the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, where he served as artistic design consultant.

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Hanger, 2012
Lot Number 29
Huali wood
20 x 20 x 0.5 in (50.8 x 50.8 x 1.27 cm)
Edition of 36 + 4 APs
Courtesy of Artist and Chambers Fine Art

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  • Dimensions
    20 x 20 x 0.5 in (50.8 x 50.8 x 1.27 cm)