Ai Weiwei Sunflower Seed Exhibit Comes to NYC
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's "Sunflower Seeds" installation is coming to New York City this week. The work was exhibited at London's Tate Modern in 2010, but was closed for a short time because of concern over toxic dust inhalation caused by museum visitors walking on the seeds, as the artist had originally intended. Visitors to the NYC show opening this Saturday, January 7th, at Mary Boone Gallery (541 West 24th Street) will not be permitted to walk on the five tons of actual-size hand-painted porcelain seeds. They'll be on view until February 4th. Factoid: Ai Weiwei created the three 16-feet-in-diameter chandeliers seen in the lobby of Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel.