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Ai Weiwei Remotely Directs Short Film for Berlin, I Love You — Design News

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei is joining a group of star-studded directors for the latest sequel to New York, I Love You and Paris, Je t'aime. Ai is remotely directing his 6-year-old son in a short for Berlin, I Love You based on the boy's real-life separation from his father. READ MORE »

Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

A human rights lawyer who has defended clients ranging from Ai Weiwei to communist party officials, Pu Zhiqiang is now facing criminal charges over his postings on Weibo.

Ai Weiwei, Alcatraz, Dissent, and The Limits of Free Speech

A review of the Ai Weiwei exhibit at Alcatraz and the potential uses and limits of free speech.

Heroes of Our Time Immortalized on LEGO iPhone 6 Cases

Ai Weiwei makes phone case portraits to call attention to imprisoned and exiled activists

Weekly Roundup

3 days agoArts : Art21 Blog

New and recent work on view by Mel Chin, John Baldessari, and Ai Weiwei, as well as news featuring Pierre Huyghe, Carrie Mae Weems, and other ART21-featured artists, all in this week’s roundup.

Art Movements

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

This week in art news: The sale of Ai Weiwei's gold-plated zodiac sculptures sets a new auction record for the artist, an artist charged with robbing a bank may get a museum exhibition, and Manhattan's so-called "Flower District" is the new Chelsea... apparently.

Ai Weiwei Creates Phone Cases Printed With Lego Portraits Of Political Prisoners

The Chinese artist and activist created a series of Lego portraits of prisoners of conscience. Now, they're mass-produced on phone cases. Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has collaborated with British phone accessory company goo.ey...Show More Summary

Meijer Gardens acquires major work by prominent and provocative sculptor Ai Weiwei

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announces the acquisition and permanent siting of a major work by one of the most renowned cultural and political figures in the world, Ai Weiwei. The large-scale piece, Iron Tree, is the artist?s largest and most complex outdoor sculpture to date. Show More Summary

An Auction Debut for Ai Weiwei’s ‘Zodiac Heads,’ in London

2 weeks agoArts : ArtsBeat

A complete set of Ai Weiwei's gilded bronze Zodiac heads comes up for sale.

The Interview Redux

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. Can you imagine a scene where Michael Moore...Show More Summary

Great Artists on What It Means to Be a Great Artist: Wisdom from Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, Damien Hirst, Laurie Simmons, and More

2 months agoHumor : Brain Pickings

"Artists should be the oxygen of society. The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, to open consciousness and elevate the mind." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

Weekly Roundup

2 months agoArts : Art21 Blog

Ai Weiwei’s commissioned project for the Vancouver Biennale (British Columbia) was recently unveiled in Harbour Green Park. F Grass is composed of 1,328 tufts of iron that form the letter F, which can only …

Write for Rights on Alcatraz: From A Prison to A Fortress of Human Rights

By: Shaudee Dehghan, Humera Durrani, Lisa Mueller-Dormann, Sarah Rubiaco Upon disembarking from the ferry it immediately became clear to all of us why Ai Weiwei chose the island to showcase his exhibit. The island’s ominous history as a military fortress, … Please continue reading.

Can You Spot the Man at the Bar at the Standard?

Talk about the best artist you’ve never seen! Known as the “Invisible Man,” Liu Bolin, who has been a vocal critic of China alongside his contemporaries such as Ai Weiwei and Zhang Huan, has made a career by blending in — quite literally. Bolin chooses a backdrop (a supermarket, a... More »

Review: Ai Weiwei “Zodiac” sculptures on tour to promote awareness of contested cultural heritage

3 months agoArts : ARCAblog

By Hal Johnson, 2014 ARCA student and DNA Consultant Few contemporary artists are more socially and politically conscious than Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. His world views are often expressed in his work, which has become his most powerful means of communication now that the Chinese government has curtailed his attempts at free speech. Show More Summary

Major Artists Go Pop Art At Saatchi Gallery

3 months agoEngland / London : Londonist

Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons and other pop art devotees.

Alibaba's Dark Side: Censoring Customers

3 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

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

4 months 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.

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