Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn
And although the show does not ooze with political commentary, surprising for an artist who reached great fame after being imprisoned by the Chinese government for his art, it contains hints of this work, most strikingly in the small statue called Surveillance Camera, made out of marble. The show is even more powerful for its subtlety, allowing it to really reflect Ai Weiwei’s great love of his country, a force that propels him to champion its people through his art. It is not political rhetoric that the artist is interested in, the show seems to say, but in the humanistic treatment of the individual housed within the state apparatus. This is what makes the show so powerful.