Ai Weiwei Destroys Fashion for Art’s Sake

Chinese artist and outspoken dissident Ai Weiwei didn’t tell Dover Street Market NYC that he was going to pour buckets of paint all over its clothes — presumably worn by visitors to his studio in Beijing, where he’s still sequestered by the Chinese government — for a V magazine shoot. Not that it mattered because, he said, “Rei Kawakubo is a person who has always supported and fostered unique ideas.”

Besides, when creative inspiration strikes, it can’t be unstruck. “Pouring a color on an outfit creates a new condition for the design,” he added. “It create a midpoint between two conflicting ideas. Gravity and the shape of the clothes combine to create a unique moment. Using these cultural products as ready-mades celebrates and reinterprets the intention of creativity. I think this act shows my respect toward their creativity.”

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