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The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy

John Feffer | Posted 02.12.2016 | 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 ...

3 Art World Stories in 3 Images

John Seed | Posted 02.04.2016 | 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 02.01.2016 | 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...

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 h...

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...

Ai Weiwei Celebrates Lego Victory By Sticking Toy Bricks In Beard

Reuters | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.13.2016 | Arts

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Ai Weiwei: Using Art to Push a Nation Towards Open

Jack Hardinges | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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 01.13.2016 | 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 i...

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 A...

Early Chinese Jade: Art & Artifact

Kim Dramer | Posted 12.23.2015 | Arts
Kim Dramer

View image | gettyimages.com 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 12.22.2015 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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
MutualArt

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
MutualArt

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.