London art gallery Picture Perfect Gallery has scooped a national exclusive and will be the first gallery in the country to sell new portraits of Muhammad Ali by British American artist Simon Bull. The portraits are from a series of works that hang in the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville Kentucky and are personally signed by Muhammad Ali. Until now they have only been exhibited in the USA.
Gallery proprietor Russell said: “This is a real coup for both the gallery and the City, to have an exclusive UK exhibition of perhaps the most iconic man of the last century is fantastic”
Bull, who in 2009 was commissioned to paint joint portraits of Ali and US president Barack Obama said: “Muhammad Ali is an icon, not just for sports fans, but politically, spiritually and culturally. His story is a noble one and one that reflects and represents the wider human narrative. His life has been and continues to be an inspiration to a global audience. Bringing a selection of these works for exhibition in the UK represents an exciting moment for fans and collectors alike.”
(Simon Bull meeting Muhammad Ali & Lonnie Ali in their home)
Others from the series are in exhibition at the Muhammad Ali centre in Louisville, Kentucky in the USA
So the full title is â€˜The Unilver Series: Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds 2010â€™
Phew! Underneath the cumbersome title is a work of great artistic merit & simply unbelievable human achievement, read onâ€¦
It may appear that the Turbine Hall has been scattered with tonnes of Sunflowers Seeds but in fact each seed is a unique hand-crafted replica of a sunflower seed husk and has been hand made by small teams of artists in Jingdezhen, China to be exact.
What also is breathtaking is that there are supposed to be 100 million of them!
Artist Ai Weiwei invites us to look more closely at the cheap mass production the west may associate with China & the social, cultural & political implications of such mass marketed goods over the years.
Finally it seems things are paying off now with China’s expanding wealth, will that effect your visit to the exhibition and how you reflect on it?
These 100 million unique porcelain pieces form Aiâ€™s latest sculptural masterpiece.
Admission is free & runs from 12 October 2010 – 02 May 2011