Chinese artist Ai Weiwei named as `most powerful artist`

New Delhi: According to a poll compiled by ‘ArtReview’ magazine, chinese artist Ai Weiwei is one of the most powerful person in the art world.

According to the magazine, Ai was chosen by the panel for his political activities as well as his art work.

In a statement, ArtReview magazine said: "[His] activities have allowed artists to move away from the idea that they work within a privileged zone limited by the walls of a gallery or museum."

"It`s expanding the possibilities of what you can do with art, and as an artist how you can use your voice," it added.

In April this year, Ai was arrested in Beijing on charges of Tax fraud. But his family has always insisted that he was arrested due to his political activities. The artist was released in June.

Speaking to a website, 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."

ArtReview magazine said, "Ai Weiwei`s number one ranking is the direct result of his efforts to expand the territory and audience for contemporary art practice by breaking down the barriers between art and life.

Mr Ai, one of China`s best-known artists, rose to international prominence as co-designer of Beijing`s ‘Bird`s Nest’ Olympic Stadium.

Bureau Report

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