Even someone who is not in tune with the art world probably recognizes the names Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.
Warhol is best known for his colorful commentary on American consumerism and is widely regarded as the Father of Pop Art. Weiwei has a diverse portfolio of contemporary work, ranging from architecture and sculptural installations to photography, that has provoked the government of his native China and delighted viewers worldwide.
While incredibly different at first glance, the two legendary creators have more in common than what may first meet the eye, including a penchant for taking creative risks and a skill for using art to promote activism.
Today the National Museum of Wildlife Art will unveil a new exhibit titled “Valued Species: Animals in the Art of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.” The show samples the two artists’ explorations of animal forms and meanings.