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Book - Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz (2nd edition)

Book - Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz (2nd edition)

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Explore the work of contemporary artist Ai WeiWei and examine the concept of freedom with this captivating volume, the official exhibition catalog for @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz was organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The critically-acclaimed 2014 exhibition featured multimedia installations and sculptures that Ai Weiwei created specifically for Alcatraz--a 19th-century military fortress, notorious federal penitentiary, site of Native American heritage and protest, and now one of America's most visited national parks. Revealing unexpected perspectives on Alcatraz and its layered legacy, @Large prompted visitors to consider the implications of incarceration and the possibilities of art as an act of conscience.

In this handsome catalog, readers can explore the body of Ai WeiWei's work. The volume includes photos of installation pieces taken at the artist's Beijing studio, photographs of his earlier works, and a timeline of Alcatraz that takes the reader through the infamous island's long, rich history.


  • Preface by Frank Dean, former General Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Greg Moore, former President and CEO of the Parks Conservancy
  • Introduction by For-Site Executive Director and exhibit curator Cheryl Haines
  • In-depth look at Ai Weiwei's life and influences by award-winning scholar Maya Kovskaya, PhD
  • A statement from the artist

Product specifications:

  • Soft cover, 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 10" x 7.5"
  • Edited by David Spalding
  • Designed by Vivian Young

This updated 2nd edition of the catalog includes an additional chapter with new content and images of the Alcatraz exhibit.


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