Ai Weiwei Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Nicholas Baume, Ai Weiwei

Publication date:
11 Jun 2019
Other Distribution
304 pages: 305 x 203mm
570 color illus.

A comprehensive presentation of Ai Weiwei’s recent public art exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, a powerful reflection on the global refugee crisis

From October 2017 to February 2018, internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) transformed over 300 sites across New York City into a compelling, ambitious public art exhibition that responded to the global refugee crisis and issues of migration. Titled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, it consisted of immersive large-scale structures, including sculptures for city monuments, fences on building facades and bus stops, and enormous banners with portraits of refugees and immigrants. This publication documents the extraordinary project from conception to final installation, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the research, preparatory drawings, planning, and fabrication that brought it to life. The book includes an in-depth interview with Ai Weiwei about the project’s personal significance, an essay by curator Nicholas Baume, and statements from a wide variety of individuals about their interactions with the art works. As Baume asserts, “Ai Weiwei created a remarkable model for what great public art strives to be—emotionally engaging and politically resonant, conceptually and formally inventive yet broadly accessible.”

Nicholas Baume is the director and chief curator of Public Art Fund.