AI WEI­WEI’S NEW IN­STAL­LA­TION

MAS­SIVE PUBLIC ART PROJECT IN NEW YORK CITY

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Chi­nese dis­si­dent artist Ai Wei­wei is get­ting ready to take Man­hat­tan—again, ac­cord­ing to art­net.com. Fol­low­ing a mo­men­tous sea­son in New York City last fall—in which he had no fewer than four si­mul­ta­ne­ous gallery shows— he is now plan­ning to mount his most am­bi­tious public art project to date. This fall, he will in­tro­duce “Good Fences Make Good Neigh­bors,” a multi-site, multi-bor­ough in­stal­la­tion that ex­plores the in­cli­na­tion to­wards, and ef­fects of, erect­ing bound­aries in so­ci­ety.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is the lat­est ini­tia­tive an­nounced by the Public Art Fund, the long­time or­ga­nizer of dy­namic con­tem­po­rary art in­stal­la­tions in New York, cel­e­brat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary year.

The project will in­volve var­i­ous metal wire se­cu­rity fence in­stal­la­tions at care­fully cho­sen lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Es­sex Street Mar­ket on Man­hat­tan’s Lower East Side, the Cooper Union for the Ad­vance­ment of Science and Art on As­tor Place, JCDeaux bus shel­ters in Brook­lyn, the Doris C. Freed­man Plaza at Cen­tral Park, and Flush­ing Mead­ows Park in Queens. It will be on view from Oc­to­ber 12, 2017 through Fe­bu­rary 11, 2018.

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