Feast for eyes as Ai Weiwei plans to hold three exhibitions in Los Angeles

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei poses in his studio in Berlin, on April 26, 2018.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei poses in his studio in Berlin, on April 26, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (NYTimes) - While Ai Weiwei has had plenty of gallery shows and public artworks in New York, he has not had a substantial exhibition in Los Angeles.

Later in the year, he will have three.

He is taking over Jeffrey Deitch's new Hollywood gallery for its inaugural show, opening on Sept 29.

He will also make use of the sprawling ground-floor project space of the Marciano Art Foundation, in a showcase opening on Sept 28.

And starting on Oct 4, he will show marble sculpture at the new UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills in a building that he is helping to redesign.

"LA strongly represents America, both geographically and culturally," the artist said by e-mail. "These are my first exhibitions in the city and I'm very excited about it."

The Marciano will feature at least three large-scale works, including a new installation responding to the refugee crisis with boats, humans and zodiac figures crafted out of traditional kite-making materials: bamboo, sisal and silk.

Deitch's new gallery will feature what he called "a good introduction to the artist's work", including an accumulation of 6,000 wooden stools, flea-market finds that represent hundreds of years of Chinese history.

UTA Artist Space is showing a selection of Ai's work in marble, the highlight being a large field of grass rendered in a medium more often associated with monumental forms.