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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 weeks agoOdd : 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

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last monthArts : 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

2 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

2 months agoEngland / London : Londonist

Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons and other pop art devotees.

Alibaba's Dark Side: Censoring Customers

2 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.

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3 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.

This Artist Doused Designer Clothes in Paint

3 months 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 months 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 months 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

3 months agoArts : 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 […]

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