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Ai Weiwei Exhibit in New York Highlights Refugee Crisis

Ai Weiwei Exhibit in New York Highlights Refugee Crisis

Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei speaks in front of one of his new art installations in Central Park, part of a series of works entitled 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' on Oct. 10, 2017, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 13 October 2017 11:24 AM

Ai Weiwei's latest exhibition in New York, titled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors," can be spotted in areas throughout the five boroughs to bring attention of the refugees across the world, The New York Times reported.

Ai, a renowned Chinese artist and human rights activist, created the pieces that are presented by the Public Art Fund, according to its website. The pieces, which went up Thursday, will remain on display throughout the city until Feb. 11.

"Inspired by the international migration crisis and current global geopolitical landscape, the exhibition transforms the security fence into a powerful social and artistic symbol with interventions across the city," said a statement on the Public Arts Fund site.

Some of the places the images, that often includes bars and various designs, can be found are the

Doris C. Freedman Plaza at Central Park, the Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village, and the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

The fund said the images are joined by site-specific interventions on top of and in between private buildings located at 48 East 7th Street, 189 Chrystie Street, 248 Bowery, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art at Astor Place.

The artwork also includes a series of new flagpole-mounted works for the New York City Economic Development Corporation-managed Essex Street Market, and sculptural interventions around 10 JCDecaux bus shelters in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation.

"Like his hero Duchamp, Mr. Ai has wholly erased any border between his art and his life — and there are some emergencies, among them the displacement of more human beings than any time since World War II, that this artist can only address with bluntness," New York Times art critic Jason Farago, wrote Thursday.

"Step back, though, and look at the project in aggregate, and 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' displays all the confidence and moral passion of his most important later projects," Farago continued.

The Public Arts Fund statement said that Ai has traveled with refugee camps around the world to gain inspiration for his project.

"Ai Weiwei is unique in having combined the roles of preeminent contemporary artist, political dissident, and human rights activist in such a prominent and powerful way," Nicholas Baume, the Public Art Fund's director and chief curator, said in its statement.

"In many ways, 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' is the culmination of his work to date. It grows out of his personal experience of 'otherness,' his distinguished practice as both artist and architect, as well as his intensive research on the international refugee crisis and global rise of nationalism."

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