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Kui Hua Zi

Sunflower Seeds
Artist: Ai Weiwei (1957 - )
Date: 2010
21st Century
Dimensions: 0.75 in. (1.91 cm)
Object Type: Assemblage
Creation Place: Asia, China
Medium and Support: Hand-painted porcelain
Credit Line: Gift of James M. Reed, 2019.
Accession Number: 2019.03.248
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Period and styles of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and architecture dating from the recent past and present. It differs from modern art in that the term 'Contemporary art' does not carry the implication of a non-traditional style, but instead refers only to the time period in which the work was created. 'Modern' and 'Contemporary' are inherently fluid terms. The term 'Contemporary' is sometimes more narrowly used to refer to art from ca. 1960 or 1970 up to the present. To refer to the current time period without reference to style of art, use "contemporary (generic time frame)".
A contemporary technique of creating a three-dimensional work of art by combining various elements, especially found objects; may include elements painted, carved, or modeled by the artist. Originally coined in 1953 by artist Jean Dubuffet.
A material comprising white clay, or "kaolin," and a feldspathic rock, that react when fired so the clay serves to hold the shape of the object and the rock fuses into a natural glass. In China, it includes any such ware that is highly fired enough to produce a ringing sound when struck. In Europe, it is limited to hard-fired ceramic that is translucent.

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