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Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle

  • Art, Installation
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  1. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  2. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  3. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  4. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  5. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  6. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  7. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  8. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  9. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
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Time Out says

Ai Weiwei’s first L.A. exhibition lures you in with its awesome scale and impresses with its beautifully delicate construction.

The acclaimed Chinese artist kicks off a flurry of activity in L.A. with this takeover of the Marciano’s massive theater gallery, including Ai’s floor-covering “Sunflower Seeds,” which features millions of porcelain seeds, as well as the similar but smaller “Spouts,” a pile of thousands of Song dynasty teapot spouts. “Life Cycle” also marks the premiere of its namesake work, a nearly 60-foot inflatable raft made entirely from bamboo. Inspired by the European refugee crisis, the work employs traditional kite-making techniques to create its passengers, which are often pulled from the signs of the Chinese zodiac—such figures also factor into the astounding mythological mobiles and creatures that surround the black box space.

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