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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.

Beyond Exotic: Asian American Artists Retell Ai Weiwei's Story

Sahra Vang Nguyen | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Sahra Vang Nguyen

As I view Ai Weiwei's current solo exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum, I question the tendency of institutions to frame Asian faces as exotic. Yes, Weiwei was born and raised in China, but the fact that he spent a formative 12 years in New York City is often overlooked.

This Upcoming Exhibit On 'Human Freedom' Is Ironic For A Few Reasons

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.20.2014 | Arts

Alcatraz has seen it all, people-wise: federal prisoners, Native American protesters, and, in its current state as one of America’s most visited nat...

An Exclusive Essay By Ai Weiwei: 'On Self-Censorship'

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts

It's been a bad month for critics of the Chinese government, starting with the flood of arrests ahead of the Tiananmen Square anniversary. Now officia...

Five Powerful Chinese Dissident Artists You Should Know

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.12.2014 | Arts

It's easy to think Chinese political art stops at Ai Weiwei, the embattled provocateur who is arguably the art world's most famous living figure. In f...

Ai Weiwei Denounces Sci-Fi Kickstarter Film Using His Name And Image

AP | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says he was misled in lending his name and image to an independent science-fiction film that sough...

Ai Weiwei's Show at the Brooklyn Museum and the Power of Self-Expression -- An Exclusive Video Interview

Maria Gabriela Brito | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
Maria Gabriela Brito

Although the audio and image are not the best because of technology and communication issues in China, I still think that Weiwei's voice is loud and clear: Nothing and nobody can stop him or his art.