You can push a creative man into silence but all this does is fuel his creative output.
China held artist and “dissident” Ai Weiwei in captivity for 81 days. He nearly died.
Weiwei is now turning his jail time experience into a piece of art. For Weiwei, creative expression is more about storytelling than profit.
“Very few people know why art sells so high,” Mr. Ai replied. “I don’t even know.”
Still, his art sells for hundreds of thousands at Sotheby’s in New York.
Weiwei lived in New York for 11 years before heading back to China. The creative freedom he learned in New York shines through WeiWei’s work.
Weiwei teaches us to make something lasting, in good times or bad. As Neil Gaiman said in his commencement speech this week:
“When things get tough, make good art. Make it on the bad days. Make it the good days too.”
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