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Arcadia University Art Gallery

Ai Weiwei

Dropping The Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE – 2010 CE)

Installation view of "Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE - 2010 CE)" at Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia, 2010.

Photo by Greenhouse Media. Courtesy Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia.

Ai Weiwei maintains a classic love-hate relationship with clay: on-and-off, ecstatic and tortured. “Ceramics is kind of crazy,” he once claimed, but “if you hate something too much, you have to do it. You have to use that.” Indeed, for an artist who claims to dislike the medium,

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