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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei Back With New Exhibition

Posted 11.26.2011 | Arts

In his new exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, notorious trickster-activist Ai Weiwei playfully approaches serious subject matter. The sho...

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Legendary LA Street Artist Roasts Boehner And Murdoch

Robbie Conal | Posted 10.30.2011 | Arts
Robbie Conal

After Obama was elected, Deb (movie title & print designer extraordinaire, my co-conspirator and wife) & I thought we were experiencing a little shift...

PHOTOS: Art In The Streets of Hong Kong For Ai Weiwei

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 06.25.2011 | Arts

Thousands of protestors took to the streets this weekend to protest the continued detainment of artist Ai Weiwei. The demonstrations, held in the some...

WATCH: Joan Miró's Secret Political Side

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 06.20.2011 | Arts

Curators have a lot to say about the new Joan Miró exhibition at London's Tate Modern. In the video below, journalist Will Gompertz asks Tate Modern ...

Top 10 Persecuted Artists

TIME | Posted 06.12.2011 | Arts

On Sunday, artist Ai Weiwei -- best known for helping design the "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium in Beijing -- was detained by Chinese authorities as pa...

Middle East's Political Unrest Focus Of Works At Art Dubai

ARTINFO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

DUBAI-- A little boy holds a kite reel; next to him, a girl holds the kite's string as another flings her arms up to the kite in the hope of catching ...

Exhibition Spotlight: Dan Bayles' Paintings Are A Comment On America's Foreign Policy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Dan Bayles WHAT: CONTRACT-W914NS-04-D-0009 WHEN: December 18 - February 5 2011 WHERE: François Ghebaly Gallery 2600 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los...

"Do Ask, Do Tell" at the Hammer Museum

Lisa Anne Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lisa Anne Auerbach

My exhibit at the Hammer Museum celebrates conversation. And while it obviously references gays serving in the military, it can also be read as a proclamation about openness more generally.

EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT: Darren Hostetter Thinks Our Socio-Political Climate Is A Clusterfubar

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Darren Hostetter WHAT: Clusterfubar WHEN: October 30 - December 31, 2010 WHERE: Sam Lee Gallery 990 North Hill Street #190 Los Angeles, CA 90...

BLOGWATCH> New York Times' Lens Blog Captivates With Photographic Selections

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The line separating fine art and photo journalism can be a very fine one; when an artist manages beautifully document a scene while maintaining a jour...

BLOG WATCH> 40 Years Of Japanese Protest Posters On Pink Tentacle

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

From radioactively mutated objects to flaming butterflies, the Japanese imagery of protest has developed its own unique themes. In this selection of p...

FILM: Kazakhstan Director Shoots Borat Sequel

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

A film director in Kazakhstan has shot a sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen's famous comedy Borat in a bid to improve the country's image. When it was relea...

PHOTOS: STUDIO VISIT: Adam Helms Opens His Studio To Beautiful/Decay

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Courtesy of Beautiful/Decay Adam Helms is known for drawing radicals and constructing ominous wooden watch towers. His current project is a series of...

EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT: Robbie Conal is 'The Missing Link' in Political Art

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Robbie Conal WHAT: The Missing Link WHEN: November 18 -- December 22, 2010 WHERE: Country Club | Los Angeles 805 S Genesee Ave, Los Angeles, C...

PHOTOGRAPHY: Annie Leibovitz, Queen Elizabeth, Fidel Castro, And Other 'Portraits Of Power' In Italy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Now on view at the CCC Strozzina in Florence is an enticing exhibit called Portraits and Power. The show deals with the power of portraiture and the ...

POLITICAL ART: Chinese Artist Ai WeiWei On House Arrest, Shanghai

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

As Weiwei states in the video below, the Chinese government "cannot let anything happen if they don't understand it." Following his recent October ope...

INSTALLATION: Jitish Kallat's Political, Religious Stance In Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

CHICAGO, IL.- This fall, acclaimed contemporary artist Jitish Kallat turns the landmark Art Institute Grand Staircase into a meditation on religious t...

FILM RETROSPECTIVE: Ousmane Sembene's 'African Stories,' On View At Walker Art Center

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Ousmane Sembene WHAT: African Stories- Film Retrospective WHEN: November 5- November 20, 2010 WHERE: Walker Art Center Walker Cinema, 1750 Hen...

PRISON ART: Portraits of Inhumanity by Laurie Jo Reynolds

Gregory Sholette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gregory Sholette

Two years ago this November, President Obama appeared on "60 Minutes" and reiterated his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.  This ...

Advice to Tea Party Enthusiasts: Use Your Words

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

It's clear that Tea Party enthusiasts have forgotten what the rest of us learned in high school about the Constitution and evolution, but last night's...

Almost Political By Accident: Artist Kara Walker

Robert Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert Ayers

Kara Walker makes some of the most unsettling and thought-provoking art that you'll see anywhere these days. Her principal subject is power and its ab...

EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT: Carrie Yury's Paintings Give A Glimpse Into The Minds Of Women In Politics

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Carrie Yury WHAT: Suits and First Ladies WHEN: September 11 - October 23, 2010 WHERE: ...

POLITICAL ART: As Ahmadinejad Returns to the U.S., 125 Artists Rally for Iran

GOOD | By Zach Frechette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Over a year after protests erupted throughout Iran following its presidential election, the country is anything but quiet. This week, another wave of ...

BLOG WATCH > Colin Quashie Explores Interactions Between Art And Politics On Daily Serving | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Colin Quashie's recently completed mural, entitled Service, focuses on the intricacy of interactions between art and politics in a complex, expressive...

Artists Unite Against the War on Drugs

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Anthony Papa

500,00 Americans are currently imprisoned because of the war on drugs. In response to this fact, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. will on May 17th host re:FORM, a unique benefit art exhibit that hopes to raise awareness of this misguided policy.