The 2014 Ai Weiwei X Cost of Expression Print by Shepard Fairey was a 18 x 24 inch screen print that was sold as a signed and numbered edition of 375. The prints name is Cost of Expression and commemorates the life, art and works of Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei. Fairey donated 100 prints to support the Brooklyn Museum.
The Ai Weiwei X Cost of Expression Print using a photo from Gao Yuan, 2010 depicts the bust of artist and activist Ai Weiwei looking through the viewer in deep reflection set to the background of powerful reds and oranges. Ai Weiwei has a buzz cut head with deep shaved lines down the sides, full beard, and wearing a jacket.
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Ai Weiwei as a deep and profound thinker.
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“I admire Ai Weiwei for his art and his activism. His art is beautiful in form, and in function embodies the principles of populism and social consciousness I aspire to in my own practice. This poster is a tribute to Ai Weiwei’s art, his courage to be outspoken, and in support of his ongoing political struggle with the Chinese government. I hope the image will help raise awareness and advance dialogue that might lead to permission for Ai Weiwei to travel freely and continue to express himself.” – Shepard
“I hope this image will help raise awareness and advance dialogue that might lead to permission for Ai Weiwei to travel freely and continue to express himself.” – Shepard