Collectors Group Acquires New Works by Ai Weiwei, Helen Pashgian, and Sam Gilliam

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SAN DIEGO, CA.- At the 2011 Collectors’ Selection Dinner on Wednesday, May 11, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego‘s International Collectors and Contemporary Collectors voted to purchase new works for the Museum’s collection: two examples of Ai Weiwei’s famous Marble Chair (2010); an exuberant draped canvas by Sam Gilliam, Dance Me, Dance You 2 #1 (2009); and a rare polished resin sphere by Helen Pashgian, Untitled (1968/69). The internationally recognized Chinese artist Ai Weiwei works in a variety of media from sculpture and installation, to photography and performance. His works revisit and translate well-known Chinese forms to comment on the country’s rich history and complicated present. In Marble Chair, he carves a familiar yoke-back chair out of a single block of marble. This startling translation and memorializing of a piece of furniture raises questions of history, memory, and modernization. Marble Chair suggests that