Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
menu

Colored Vases

Photo: Nathaniel Willson

Colored Vases

2010

Ai Weiwei

Chinese, born 1957

The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is known for provocative art that challenges the status quo. In this work, one from his iconoclastic oeuvre, he gathered a group of supposedly ancient earthenware vases and coated them with modern industrial paint. Covered with new paint, what is underneath—like history itself—is “no longer visible, but is still there.”
Ceramic with industrial paint
Dimensions variable; (approx. 17 x 22 in. each)
Robert M. Shields Fund for Asian Ceramics
2013.33
Provenance: The artist, to 2013; [Mary Boone Gallery, New York, 2013]
Photo: Nathaniel Willson
location
Now on view at the Asian Art Museum

Resources

Published ReferencesUpchurch, Michael. "'Conceal/Reveal' at Seattle Asian Art Museum." Seattle Times, January 2, 2015, https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/lsquoconceal-revealrsquoat-seattle-asian-art-museum/.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.