The Death of Marat // He Xiangyu // 2011 // Painted fiberglass, silicone, fabric, human hair & leather // Ed. 1 of 3
OH MY GOODNESS. Is that man okay?! I cautiously approached him. My mind was racing. Why didn’t anyone go help him. Then it hit me, omg this man looks like the contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. This life-size and highly realistic man looks exactly like Ai Weiwei. This work, located in the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, is titled The Death of Marat after the famed painter Jacques-Louis David’s painting The Death of Marat in 1793 which depicted the martyred politician who was stabbed to death in his bathtub during the Reign of Terror. He Xiangyu was inspired by Ai Weiwei persevering through the revocation of his passport and imprisonment and decided to create a work of art to honor him. I think this striking piece is extremely effective don’t you?