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On Jan Fabre, part 3: Magicians and Scientists

Daniel Maidman | Posted 01.03.2017 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

At long last, we are ready to discuss Jan Fabre himself. Along with the other journalists who went to Saint Petersburg, I was invited to dinner and a ...

How to Serve Contemporary Chinese Art Outside of China

MutualArt | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts

Ji Wenyu, Tires of the Old and Finds Joy in the New Increase Domestic Demand, 2010, oil on canvas, 162 x 130cm. Courtesy of ShanghART, Singapore. Cont...

The Timber Has Become a Boat. The Rice Is Cooked.

David Sable | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
David Sable

I can never be in China without marveling at all the changes that have occurred here since I first visited, back in the '80s, when I entered through Shekou and had to pass through a "Museum of Chinese History" before I could get to the street

Ai Weiwei Commemorates Drowned Refugees During Berlin Film Festival

artnet News | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.15.2016 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. Seemingly undisturbed by the huge backlash caused by his recreation of the tragic image of the the d...

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy

John Feffer | Posted 12.23.2016 | World
John Feffer

The position of the body is the same. The figure is prone on the beach, near the water’s edge. The head is face down in the sand, and the face is ju...

3 Art World Stories in 3 Images

John Seed | Posted 02.04.2017 | Arts
John Seed

In the past 10 days three art world stories have caught my attention. Each of these stories, in one way or another, says something upsetting or revealing about the art world and its values.

Ai Wei Wei: Propaganda Tool or Beached Whale?

Mat Gleason | Posted 02.01.2017 | Arts
Mat Gleason

After worldwide attention to the crisis coalesced around this harrowing, moving photo, somehow an adult making a glorified selfie is supposed to... what? What is it supposed to do?

Ai Weiwei Recreates Photo Of Drowned Syrian Toddler

artnet News | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts

#chineseartist #Aiweiwei A photo posted by Tamana Faizy (@faizy.tamana) on Jan 31, 2016 at 12:34am PST This article originally appeared on artn...

Ai Weiwei Quits Denmark Over Controversial Refugees Law

TakePart | Jade Walker | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei has long used his art to make a political statement, from Lego portraits of human rights activists to sculptures that hi...

Watch: China's Industrial 'Behemoth' Meets Art House Cinema

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.26.2016 | World

The 2015 film "Behemoth" opens with a mining explosion and closes with a ghost city. The 84 minutes in between are a wordless exploration of what conn...

Ai Weiwei Celebrates Lego Victory By Sticking Toy Bricks In Beard

Reuters | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.13.2016 | Arts

COPENHAGEN, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei published photos of himself with Lego hanging off his mustache and beard on Wednesda...

Ai Weiwei: Using Art to Push a Nation Towards Open

Jack Hardinges | Posted 01.05.2017 | Arts
Jack Hardinges

Ai Weiwei's retrospective at London's Royal Academy of Art came to a close in December. In it, the Chinese artist showed a range of works that address...

Techs and the City: Part 1 Starting Up

Mia Kossiavelou | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business
Mia Kossiavelou

Image courtesy of makelight CEO, Joanna Alpe and developer team It is the start of 2016. The world's largest technology event, CES in Las Vegas is ...

Ai Weiwei Sets Up Studio In Lesbos To 'Highlight The Plight' Of Refugees

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts

“The border is not in Lesbos, it really [is] in our minds and in our hearts.” Those are the words of famed Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei,...

Early Chinese Jade: Art & Artifact

Kim Dramer | Posted 12.23.2016 | Arts
Kim Dramer

View image | A passion for jade has been an enduring hallmark of Chinese civilization for millennia. A rare, semi-precious hardston...

China Convicts Prominent Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang of Speech Violations While Nominated for Columbia 2016 Global Freedom of Expression Award

Cynthia L. Cooper | Posted 12.21.2016 | World
Cynthia L. Cooper

A court in Beijing convicted Pu Zhiqiang, one of China's foremost human rights lawyers, of crimes early on December 22, 2015 because of comments he po...

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

Sissi Johnson | Posted 11.10.2016 | 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 10.27.2016 | 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 01.09.2017 | 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 the use of...

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 agreed it could...

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

MutualArt | Posted 10.15.2016 | 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 previousl...

Ai Weiwei at London's Royal Academy

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 09.23.2016 | 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 explet...

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

Poetry Foundation | Posted 08.26.2016 | 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 ...