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Alibaba's Dark Side: Censoring Customers

Alibaba's founder says the company puts customers first. So why did they shut down an online shop selling t-shirts in support of Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei Transforms a Bathroom on Alcatraz Prison’s Medical Wing

Ai Weiwei is still legally unable to leave China due to accusations of tax evasion, but that hasn’t stopped him from creating stunning pieces of art — remotely. Hiring others to install his works for him, he’s opened @Large, an… The post Ai Weiwei Transforms a Bathroom on Alcatraz Prison’s Medical Wing appeared first on Selectism.

Required Reading

2 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

This week, the case against repatriating cultural artifacts, British surrealists against fascism, Ai Weiwei on the internet, Isamu Noguchi's playground, and more.

This Artist Doused Designer Clothes in Paint

2 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Talk about a heavy pour. For the new issue of V magazine, artist Ai Weiwei subjected an array of Dover Street Market's emerging designer pieces to an onslaught of colorful paint, then photographed the results. The (presumably good-natured) participants included 1205, Jacquemus, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Hood by Air, KTZ, Melitta Baumeister,... More »

Barcelona's La Virreina gallery showcases Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's works

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

A Spanish gallery on Tuesday inaugurates a retrospective of works from the past three decades of dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has been banned from leaving China since 2011. The "On the Table" show at Barcelona's La Virreina gallery...Show More Summary

The Politics of Prisons: Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

SAN FRANCISCO — Stepping into a dingy and suffocatingly small cell, you're immersed in an intense soundscape of horns and the chanting of Tibetan monks. It’s overwhelming, and as the noise builds and bounces around the cold cement room, you wonder if this is akin to the feeling of being trapped inside the space for days on end.

OSCARS: 134 Pics Vie For Best Feature Documentary

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of 134 film vying for the Best Feature Documentary at the Academy Awards in February. They are: Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case Algorithms Alive...Show More Summary

Go Inside Ai Weiwei’s Beijing Studio with The New Yorker

As part of The New Yorker Festival that took place earlier this month, artist Ai Weiwei was invited to speak to an audience over live video chat. But the Chinese artist, who’s currently withheld by the government from traveling outside… The post Go Inside Ai Weiwei’s Beijing Studio with The New Yorker appeared first on Selectism.

Ultimate individualists

last monthArts : Prospero

SARAH THORNTON discusses her new book in which she dives into the lives of 33 prominent artists including Ai Weiwei, Maurizio Cattelan, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst

Dragons, Legos, and Solitary: Ai Weiwei's Transformative Alcatraz Exhibition

There is a question that every prisoner ponders once the realization sets in that his freedom is gone: Can the mind be liberated when the body is not? It's been a while since I've asked myself such a thing—I was released from an Iranian prison three years ago—but a Chinese dragon in a former prison factory at Alcatraz makes me think about it again. Show More Summary

This Week In Photography Books: Nicolo Degiorgis

by Jonathan Blaustein I once made fun of the Chinese government. It’s true. You can look it up in the APE archives. I was defending Ai Weiwei, when he was unfairly incarcerated, and I said some rather indelicate things. These days, the evil enemy de rigeur is ISIS, or ISIL, depending on which acronym you […]

Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace – reviews of 'dizzying' art show

Credits: Ai Weiwei, Blenheim Cultures and values collide in 'magical feast of images' by China's eloquent artist-activist Hot Ticket Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:32am What you need to know A new exhibition by contemporary dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has opened at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Show More Summary

Artistry: Ai Weiwei Used the Old Alcatraz Building for Art About Freedom

Photo by Jan Stürmann via designboom Built in 1939 on San Francisco's Alcatraz Island, the crumbling New Industries building (the place where the well-behaved prisoners in the nearby federal prison could work for money), is now home to an exhibition...

Ai Weiwei’s Spectacular Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz Prison

An enormous dragon has roosted in the rafters of San Francisco's decaying Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary - and this past weekend it broke free for the opening of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Ai Weiwei teamed up with traditional Chinese craftsmen to create

Ai Weiwei Fills Alcatraz with LEGO-ified Political Prisoners

The outspoken artist has taken over the Rock with faces of his oppressed peers and a million toy bricks

Most extensive UK exhibition to date by celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei opens at Blenheim Palace

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

Blenheim Art Foundation announces the most extensive UK exhibition to date by celebrated Chinese artist and social activist Ai Weiwei. Opening at Blenheim Palace on 1 October as the inaugural and launch exhibition of the Blenheim Art Foundation, the exhibition will showcase more than 50 artworks by Ai Weiwei produced over the last 30 years. Show More Summary

Ai Weiwei Escapes to Alcatraz

2 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

The confined Chinese dissident’s new exhibition raises important questions about human rights at a site that’s home to America’s own notorious past.

Alcatraz & Blenheim

2 months agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

There's no escaping Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. His garbage is currently infesting Alcatraz - the former US Federal Penitentiary, now a tourist trap - and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England's grandest stately home. I can't think of two more disparate venues. Show More Summary

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