Whanau members Margo and Clay sent us a great card (below the San Francisco magnet) from Ontario where they are visiting. The card reports on a visit to a show at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with fellow whanau members Chris and Lil.
They went to see a David Bowie retrospective (not sure of what at this stage but keep reading) and an exhibition by Ai Weiwei. The card reads Respect Life. Never Forget. Ai Weiwei.
Eh, what? Who?
And, okay - I was captured!
Ai Weiwei, it turns out, is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. He's run himself foul of the Chinese government officials over the years as well it seems.
The crew have been to his According to What? exhibition running from August 17 to October 27 at AGO.
A quick google reveals a variety of formats that Weiwei has been involved in.
I love this, labelled Aiflowers:
Youtube is home to Weiwei creations as well:
He goes for a relatively subtle approach in this one - his new single/video. The scene reminded me of the gardens we used to visit in Wuxi!
And so to David Bowie.
The AGO site has this to say about the David Bowie is... exhibition: Spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive, this totally immersive multimedia show celebrates the groundbreaking artist’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film.
Apparently it's visiting Toronto first on a world tour. Cool!
Thanks for the card Margo/Clayto. Much appreciated.
Love and peace - the Woodland Bopper