Ai Weiwei Most Influential Artist in the World

Art Review magazine put Ai Weiwei as the most influential artist in the world. That makes sense, doesn’t it? Without knowing a thing about his work, or seeing what it looks like, his name nearly became household this year. In the BBC’s news, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said: “China has many artists who have sufficient ability. We feel that a selection that is based purely on a political bias and perspective has violated the objectives of the magazine.” That makes sense right? Influential art doesn’t have to signify anything that has to do with art itself. It’s the ability to use art as well. Although what Ai Weiwei will do with this influence or power? Or what it really means to have it, or not have it, we’ll see. But for now, he’s already in high demand as an artist anywhere and feels like he has no power at all. Does he? Probably not, but he can land an art show anywhere. That’s power enough. (BBC – Ai Weiwei)