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Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

Matt Sheehan

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

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

"@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.

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.

With Art, the Choice Is Personal

MutualArt | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts

Rather than showcasing their entire vision, which was created over a number of years, the collectors chosen were given the difficult task of summing themselves up on just one word -- or rather, one work of art.

Wanna Spend A Night In Ai Weiwei's Tent?

ARTINFO | Posted 07.30.2013 | Arts

Since June the new Ai Weiwei installation "Aus der Aufklärung" -- or "Out of Enlightenment -- featuring 1,000 two-person tents has dotted the shores ...

Our Fading Right: Freedom of Speech

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Paul R. Byrne

There is a rising middle class with fixed or declining social freedoms, and a history of imperialism running back thousands of years. Yet people like Ai Weiwei risk their lives, their family, all security, to speak. What's our excuse?

Our Favorite Quotes From Ai Weiwei's New Controversial Book

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.28.2012 | Arts

In "Weiwei-isms," we see Ai Weiwei at his best; the upcoming pocket-sized account on Princeton University Press features nearly 150 pages of the Chine...

Ai Weiwei Punished...Again

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts

Yesterday, Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei announced that authorities have revoked the business license for his design company in Bei...

Ai Weiwei Pillories the Hayward Gallery's Show 'Art of Change: New Directions from China'

ARTINFO | Posted 11.11.2012 | Arts

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei has severely criticized the exhibition "Art of Change: New Directions from China," which opened last week at the Hayward...


Michael Jones | Posted 10.16.2012 | Chicago
Michael Jones

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a great documentary, a great story, a complicated portrait of courage, venality, talent, and personality.

Ai Weiwei Vows to Continue His Stand

The Guardian | 51min Ago | Posted 08.21.2012 | Arts

A year ago tomorrow, I was released from more than two months of secret detention. Police told me today that they have lifted my bail conditions. I am...

Ai Weiwei Absent From Opening of New Serpentine Pavilion (VIDEO) | Posted 08.04.2012 | Arts

The Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park unveiled their annual pavilion at a press conference last Thursday. Though architects Jacques Herzog an...

Conscientious Artists

Paul Klein | Posted 06.13.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein


Is Facebook Never Sorry?

Alison Klayman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Home
Alison Klayman

2011-11-22-aiweiwei.jpgI posted Ai Weiwei's images on Facebook. I was sent a warning, so I censored the photos using Facebook logos. Tuesday morning my account was disabled without notice or further details.

Penis, Penis, Penis: Censorship's Absurdity

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 01.22.2012 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

New rule: Censorship can only get more absurd the more you practice it.

Ai Weiwei's Supporters Tweet Naked Photos (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 11.21.2011 | Home

Nudity is not pornography -- that's the message supporters of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei have taken to heart following news that police have started an ...

This Is Not Ai Weiwei's Corpse

Posted 01.02.2012 | Arts

The rebellious Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been grabbing headlines over his ongoing dispute with the Chinese government, but his latest flood of atte...

Beijing Is 'A Constant Nightmare', Ai Weiwei Writes | ROBERT MACKEY | Posted 10.29.2011 | Arts

In an angry, despairing essay for Newsweek, Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist and dissident who was released from detention two months ago, descri...

PHOTOS: Top Power Couples In The Arts

Posted 10.27.2011 | Arts

In this slideshow below, we look at seven art super-couples, historical and current, in all of their glory. We've got Pollock and Krasner, the Dalis, ...

Ai Weiwei's Most Candid Interview Yet | David Ng | Posted 10.19.2011 | Arts

There are artists who prefer to stay out of the public spotlight and devote themselves solely to their work. And then there is Ai Weiwei. An Intern...

Alex Becker

Human Rights Groups Tell Biden To Hold China Accountable | Alex Becker | Posted 10.16.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Human rights groups have wasted little time calling on Vice President Joe Biden to focus on human rights abuses as he meets with high-le...

Ai Weiwei Breaks His Social Media Silence

Posted 09.24.2011 | Arts

Before his arrest and subsequent release by the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei was an active Twitter user, frequently updating and interacting with his...

2011's Top 10 Moments In Art, So Far

The Huffington Post | Analise Roland | Posted 09.17.2011 | Home

Since we've made it halfway through 2011, we thought we'd take a look back at the art moments that have defined this year so far. From the defacing of...

The Spider That Won't Die, Professor Ai Weiwei And More

Posted 09.14.2011 | Home

Jane Austen Manuscript Sold For $1.6 Million One of Jane Austen’s original, unfinished manuscripts was sold at Sotheby’s in London this past Th...

Ai Weiwei's Sister Gives Details of His Confinement

The Washington Post | Keith B. Richburg | Posted 09.13.2011 | Arts

SHANGHAI – Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist who was released last month after 81 days in a Beijing jail on tax evasion charges, spent his days of con...