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Amnesty gives top rights award to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and singer Joan Baez

6 days agoArts : Artdaily

Human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday honoured Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US folk singer Joan Baez as joint winners of its Ambassador of Conscience Award. The London-based group said its highest prize, to be...Show More Summary

Curbed Ski: Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads Look Spectacular in Jackson Hole

Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads may be in the midst of a worldwide tour after visiting New York City, Mexico City, and London, but we've decided that nothing will beat their current temporary home in Jackson, Wyoming. As one of...

The Anxiety of Being Watched by Machines: There's an App for That

Ai Weiwei and Jacob Appelbaum, in a still from "Surveillance Machine" by Laura Poitras. Image: Madison McGaw/BFA What does it feel like to be under surveillance? For Laura Poitras, the filmmaker who documented Edward Snowden in Citizenfour, it feels like a ringing in your ears. Show More Summary

Techno-art of the Moment, Featuring Edward Snowden, Ai Weiwei and the Mona Lisa

3 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

“Seven on Seven: Empathy and Disgust,” a New York event, couples artists with technologists or activists and gives them 24 hours to produce something. And those “somethings” turn out to be most interesting.

'GTA V' Player Channels His Inner Ai Weiwei

Screen captures by Roc Herms, courtesy the artist A version of this article originally appeared on The Creators Project Spain. On the surface, the Grand Theft Auto series shares quite a few common themes with the work of Ai Weiwei: both are known for their controversial, critical, and often humorous takes on modern civilization. Show More Summary

Ai Weiwei Designs Wallpaper for Serpentine Galleries

There’s designer wallpaper, and then there’s designer wallpaper. Serpentine Galleries deals in the latter. Ahead of the release of a special designer, architect and artist-created wallpaper collection, Serpentine launched an… The post Ai Weiwei Designs Wallpaper for Serpentine Galleries appeared first on Selectism.

Hanging out in Beijing with Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Rhizome pairs artists with technologists to create original works so Appelbaum, an exiled American Tor/Wikileaks hacker travelled to Beijing to work with Ai, whose government won't let him leave, with Poitras there to document their time. Read the rest

Ai Weiwei’s In Alcatraz (Well, His Art Is, At Least)

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The trickster artist and Chinese dissident is actually imprisoned in his house in Beijing – so who better for a show at the island prison? “To a site often flattened into a caricature as the onetime home of mobster Al Capone, Ai has layered on a contemporary meditation on political imprisonment, freedom of speech and […]

Ai Wei Wei on Alcatraz: Assessing The Outcomes

last monthArts : Lies Like Truth

The exhibition of sound and visual art installations by the celebrated Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei is coming to an end this Sunday after many months on display on Alcatraz Island. My visit to see @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz less than a week before its closing a couple of days ago got me wondering about the […]

In Ai Weiwei show at Alcatraz, tourism and human rights go hand in hand

Cheryl Haines sat with China's dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei in his Beijing studio in 2012 — not long after his release from 81 days in secret detention. She could tell he was suffering.

Anti-Gravity Dance Machine Proves Olafur Eliasson Just Has More Fun

Olafur Eliasson's celesital visions in Contact are divine, his Little Suns do good in developing nations (and look great doing so, mind you), and Moon, his collaboration with Ai Weiwei, literally transcends the physical world, but we're not sure what tops this demonstration of the famed artist's new ad hoc anti-gravity machine. Show More Summary

Beyond Ai Weiwei: How China’s Artists Handle Politics (Or Avoid Them)

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Thirty-something artist Cao Fei: “Criticizing society, that’s the aesthetics of the last generation. When I started making art, I didn’t want to do political things. I was more interested in subcultures, in pop culture.”

A New Book Features Photos of Artists & Their Cats — Design News

Artists and Their Cats, a new book from Chronicle, is full of —you guessed it—artists and their cats. Included are Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe, Salvador Dali, Ai Weiwei and 50 others with their feline friends. READ MORE »

Beyond Ai Weiwei: How China’s Artists Handle Politics (or Avoid Them)

In a gallery in Hong Kong’s Chai Wan district last week, during the city’s third annual installment of the international Art Basel fair, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui introduced a new live work called “Red Black White Grey.” AtShow More Summary

Chinese Artist Recounts Being Censored for Selling Ai Weiwei T-Shirt

Artist Wu Tun saw economic rights collide with online censorship when he tried to sell a T-shirt supporting world renowned political artist Ai Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei receives Amnesty International's top human rights honor

2 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Amnesty International honored Chinese artist, dissident and provocateur Ai Weiwei with its Ambassador of Conscience Award, the group's most prestigious human rights award. [ more › ]

New dance performance by ODC inspired by Ai Weiwei (San Francisco)

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

On Thursday, San Francisco's groundbreaking contemporary art dance company ODC will premiere a new performance inspired by Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei's @Large exhibit now on Alcatraz that pushes on the issues of human rights and freedom of expression. Read the rest

Ai Weiwei, Harmony Korine & More Offer Life Advice in New Book

“What happened to Nathan is that he didn’t take advice.” If that kind of ominousness in the foreword doesn’t pique a bit of curiosity, then “Paddle Against the Flow” might not be for you. However, if you’re wondering who the… The post Ai Weiwei, Harmony Korine & More Offer Life Advice in New Book appeared first on Selectism.

Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Finds Freedom in Alcatraz

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

San Francisco -- Ai Weiwei, once China's most internationally famous prisoner, is occupying Alcatraz -- or at least his art installations are. Banned from traveling outside his home country, Ai has remotely produced a series of politically...Show More Summary

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 »

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