New York Times Lauds Asia Society's Ai Weiwei Exhibition

Ai Weiwei, Mirror, 1987.
Ai Weiwei, Mirror, 1987.

On the eve of its final weeks, Asia Society Museum's exhibition Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 enjoys a major publicity boost today with a lengthy review in the New York Times, which calls it "a wrap-around installation that puts you in the middle of the social and political action."

The exhibition consists of 227 photographs taken by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei during his years of exile in New York City. Taken cumulatively, the photos offer a panoramic view of 1980s New York, a particularly fraught moment in the city's history, from Ai's unique outsider's perspective.

The exhibition marks the first time his New York Photographs series is being shown outside of China.

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 runs through Sunday, August 14.

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