Ai Weiwei, Lisson Gallery

Ai Weiwei’s activism and his 2011 detention by the Chinese state have made him one of the world’s best-known artists but can you picture his work? Google him, and his portrait, not his art, dominates the images that appear.

This is a useful reminder that he’s a top conceptual artist, with a knack for finding a potent balance between a striking and often enigmatic image or object and hard-hitting social and political themes.

 

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