Lee Ambrozy

Lee Ambrozy is the Editor of artforum.com.cn, Artforum's Chinese language website.

  • Gabriel Lester

    Gabriel Lester

    Forced Perspectives

    Lee Ambrozy, Gabriel Lester, Philippe Pirotte, and Vivian Sky Rehberg

    In this book Gabriel Lester's prolific adventures and art practice are illustrated through an alphabetical assortment of his most prominent installations, interventions, sculptures, and films of the past fifteen years. Alongside comprehensive exhibition documentation, the actual construction and installation of the artworks is presented. Pairing result and production enables an exclusive insight into the teamwork and organization that allowed each work to be realized. This blend provides a glimpse behind the scenes and demonstrates the inherent performativity and narrative of all of Lester's artworks, affecting their creation, result, and the ultimate experience.

    Forced Perspectives is Lester's second monograph. It is designed by acclaimed graphic designer Irma Boom and contains essays by Philippe Pirotte, director of the Städelschule and Portikus in Frankfurt am Main; Lee Ambrozy, art historian and editor of artforum.com.cn; and Vivian Sky Rehberg, historian, art critic, and course director of the Master of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.

    • Paperback $52.00
  • Ai Weiwei's Blog

    Ai Weiwei's Blog

    Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009

    Ai Weiwei and Lee Ambrozy

    Manifestos and immodest proposals from China's most famous artist and activist, culled from his popular blog, shut down by Chinese authorities in 2009.

    In 2006, even though he could barely type, China's most famous artist started blogging. For more than three years, Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings. He wrote about the Sichuan earthquake (and posted a list of the schoolchildren who died because of the government's “tofu-dregs engineering”), reminisced about Andy Warhol and the East Village art scene, described the irony of being investigated for “fraud” by the Ministry of Public Security, made a modest proposal for tax collection. Then, on June 1, 2009, Chinese authorities shut down the blog. This book offers a collection of Ai's notorious online writings translated into English—the most complete, public documentation of the original Chinese blog available in any language.

    The New York Times called Ai “a figure of Warholian celebrity.” He is a leading figure on the international art scene, a regular in museums and biennials, but in China he is a manifold and controversial presence: artist, architect, curator, social critic, justice-seeker. He was a consultant on the design of the famous “Bird's Nest” stadium but called for an Olympic boycott; he received a Chinese Contemporary Art “lifetime achievement award” in 2008 but was beaten by the police in connection with his “citizen investigation” of earthquake casualties in 2009. Ai Weiwei's Blog documents Ai's passion, his genius, his hubris, his righteous anger, and his vision for China.

    • Paperback $39.95 £32.00