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Paul Solberg on Photographing Ai Weiwei, World Travels, Social Media, and His New Book

Sissi Johnson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Sissi Johnson

Nomadic photographer Paul Solberg gives us a walk down memory lane and a glimpse of the future. An avid traveler, Solberg is a native of Minnesota and New York transplant whose artwork resides in such collections as the Elton John Photography Collection.

Ai Weiwei In Paris

Simon Watson | Posted 10.27.2015 | Arts
Simon Watson

Here in the Tuileries, though, after I'd encountered a range of magnificent sculptures of all periods and parts of the globe, I felt was seeing these sculptures for the first time.

Lego Refuses To Send Its Toy Bricks To Ai Weiwei

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.25.2015 | World

Lego has refused to send Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a bulk order of its toy bricks, the artist claims, because it “cannot approve ...

President Xi Jinping Admits China Has 'Room For Improvement' On Human Rights

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

Human rights advocates have criticized China's troubling human rights record for years, and on Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping agre...

There's Art From Every Continent at Frieze London (Except Antarctica of Course)

MutualArt | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts

With global communication enabled as never before, in the digital age collectors, curators, and artists have unprecedented reach, but there's nothing like seeing the work in person. So, in October, it converges in London: the world's art in one city.

Ai Weiwei Discovers Listening Devices Hidden Throughout His Art Studio

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts

Over the weekend, well known Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei uploaded photographs to Instagram and Twitter revealing the existence of prev...

Ai Weiwei at London's Royal Academy

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts
Trisha de Borchgrave

Protest can be elegant. Famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's political dissonance with China through his art and artistry makes this a compelling retrospective at London's Royal Academy.

How To Tell If Your Subversive Artwork Is Really That Subversive

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts

So you want to make a work of art. And not just any work of art, but a work that truly pops, shocks, offends, and mortifies. You want gasps and e...

On Poetry: The Cultural Revolution -- and the Necessity of Culture

Poetry Foundation | Posted 09.14.2015 | Books
Poetry Foundation

By Ai Weiwei My father, Ai Qing, was an early influence of mine. He was a true poet, viewing all subjects through an innocent and honest lens. For ...

A Dozen Reasons Art Lovers Should Be in Scandinavia Right Now

MutualArt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Arts

From the historical to the contemporary, from city centers to the far-flung reaches of the Arctic Circle, there is an abundance of events and exhibitions drawing art lovers to the northernmost reaches of Europe.

After 4 Years, China Returns Passport To Ai Weiwei

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts

BEIJING (AP) — Ai Weiwei announced on Instagram that he got his passport back Wednesday, four years after it was confiscated by Chines...

Bring Ai Weiwei's Tree to London

Charlotte Appleyard | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Charlotte Appleyard

Weiwei wants to support those people of China, those unheard voices. Whilst he is no longer imprisoned his passport remains confiscated and he's not allowed to leave the country.

28 Chinese Cavort Amid the Treasures of the Asian Art Museum

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The placement of these artworks is disconcerting and, for the most part, brilliant. Viewing the modern work next to ancient artifacts from China and from neighboring countries with which it has had a volatile history, instantly rewires our brains.

Transcending the Traditional Art Fair: Unlimited at Art Basel

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts

It seems to be an unofficial rule of the modern art fair that sooner or later they are obliged to transcend their creative and physical boundaries and expand beyond their original brief and location.

Before This World: Chatting With James Taylor, Plus Joan Baez Receives Ambassador of Conscience Award

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to James Taylor: "Music is that spiritual thing -- that's the thing that compels us so much: It's real. And when it connects with you, you don't make a decision about it."

Matt Sheehan

Dissident Chinese Artist Escapes to Alcatraz | Matt Sheehan | Posted 03.03.2015 | World

San Francisco -- Ai Weiwei, once China's most internationally famous prisoner, is occupying Alcatraz -- or at least his art installations are. Banned ...

Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Sculptures Head To Auction For $3 Million

AP | Posted 02.09.2015 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — A group of golden animal heads by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei representing the signs of the zodiac is up for sale in London. "Circle of ...

The Interview Redux

Francis Levy | Posted 03.25.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg should turn their talents to taking aim at the good guys like like Ai Weiwei or even Michael Moore, just to demonstrate to Kim Jong-un what democracy is all about.

A Brief History Of Art Censorship From 1508 To 2014

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.22.2015 | Arts

Merriam-Webster defines censorship as "the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and removing things that are considered to be offensi...

The Artist is Absent: Ai Weiwei @Large on Alcatraz

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Seven installations by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei sprout amid the rusting steel bars, broken windows and peeling paint of a cellblock, a dining hall, hospital ward, and a forced labor facility.

MutualArt's Top 10 Art Books of 2014

MutualArt | Posted 03.08.2015 | Arts

Whether it's a catalogue that allows us to enjoy an exhibition long after its doors have closed, or an in-depth investigation into the oeuvre of our favorite artists, these new books will surely be treasured for years to come.

Here Are The 15 Best Art Exhibitions Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts

As the year draws to a close, we're looking back at the exhibitions that made our jaws drop, our heads spin and our eyes eternally grateful. Behold, i...

Holiday Reads: 10 Recent Books on Art and Culture

John Seed | Posted 02.06.2015 | Arts
John Seed

Each writer I know offers an open door into their extended world, full of their most treasured ideas and images. Writers share what they find most valuable. In that spirit, I'm sharing 10 great books with you and paying it forward for the writers -- and artists -- who have created them.

The Bunker Experience: Berlin's Boros Collection

MutualArt | Posted 12.26.2014 | Arts

Berlin's Boros Collection is an art viewing experience unlike that at public museums, inviting visitors to view the collection only as the collectors themselves have intended.

"@Large" and Absent, Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

MutualArt | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts

The United States' most storied island prison, Alcatraz, is a fitting home for artist and activist Ai Weiwei's latest project, @Large.