Ai Weiwei - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips
  • Catalogue Essay

    "Works from Juazeiro do Norte (Named After Weiwei Saw the Work) is a collection of works carved from wood. The works were made in collaboration with artisans from a community in Juazeiro do Norte in the style of ex-votos, traditional votive offerings to a saint or a divinity. They are given in fulfillment of a vow, as a sign of gratitude and devotion, or when the devotee seeks a blessing or miracle. For Ai's ex-votos, the Brazilian artisans drew from a deep well of visual material, interpreting works in the artist's oeuvre (such as Coca-Cola Vase and Tree) and imagery related to the artists life and online presence (the Leg Gun, the middle finger gesture, Ai riding an alpaca) among hundreds of other objects." Thais Gurgel, Honey (and Bee) In the Mouth: Ai Weiwei in Brazil, Ai Weiwei: RAIZ, exh. cat. p. 176


Finger, from Ex-Votos

Hand-carved wood multiple, with accompanying exhibition catalogue.
11 7/8 x 4 x 2 1/2 in. (30.2 x 10.2 x 6.4 cm)
A unique variant from the edition of an unknown size, published on the occasion of the exhibition Ai Weiwei: RAIZ held at OCA, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, 20 October, 2018 - 20 January, 2019, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity with printed signature.

$7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $7,620

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New York Auction 24-26 October 2023