Ai Wei Wei. Han Dynasty Urn with Coca-Cola Logo, 1994. Earthenware, paint, H. 9 7/8 in. (25 cm); Diam. 11 in. (28 cm).
By branding a Western Han dynasty (206 B.C–A.D. 9) jar with the Coca-Cola logo—the quintessential emblem of global consumerism—Ai provokes viewers to recognize how China’s engagement with the West has had both destructive and creative consequences.