The Papercut Portfolio by Ai Weiwei
The Papercut Portfolio
papercuts in clothbound clamshell box (set of 8)
edition of 250
60 x 60 cm x 8
$ 57,000 (unframed)
Note: Limited time offer valid until 2 Sep 2021, or while stock lasts.
The Papercut Portfolio includes eight works: New York, Cats and Dogs, Map of China, Furniture, Haircut, Citizen Investigation, River Crabs, and Zodiac.
In this set of work, Ai reflects on his life and work through the Chinese art of papercutting. Each of the eight pieces is meticulously cut in large-format, brightly red-colored fine-art paper, representing a turning moment within the artist’s iconic oeuvre: from his permanence in New York in the ’80s, his exploration of the traditional Chinese crafts in Beijing in the ’90s, to the political activism of his most recent production.
“I think there is a responsibility for any artist to protect freedom of expression.” —Ai Weiwei
Each papercut is signed by the artist and collected in a portfolio accompanied by explanatory notes by Chin-Chin Yap, who has extensively worked with Ai Weiwei, most recently as a writer and co-producer on several films. Through these eight pieces, the artist offers a beautiful, personal retrospective in a unique format.