30 July 2020
Ai Weiwei IWM: History of Bombs. Little Boy, Fat Man, Daisy Cutter, Snake Eye, Grand Slam, Tomahawk, Tsar Boba, are seemingly innocuous even childlike labels for toys or games. But they are seared into the historic memory and are the actually terrifying, curious official nicknames of objects that are weapons in wars of mass destruction and attrition. The first two are those of the 1945 atomic bombs unleashed on Japan. Daisy Cutter (1970) did just that, flattening swathes through the forests of Vietnam.
Ai Weiwei’s Law of the Journey 2017 is the “big art star” showstopper for the 2018 Sydney Biennale. Ai Weiwei (b 1957 Beijing, China) is arguably the most famous Chinese artist living today, and much of his work exists in the space between art and activism, often blurring the boundaries between the two. The Sydney […]