Tag Archives: Ai Weiwei


Morning Links: Has Ai Weiwei’s Studio Been Bugged? Edition

Has Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio been bugged? [The Independent]A Bulgarian artist has gifted the European Central Bank with a huge chunk of aluminum, promising to replace it with a real sculpture only when the Frankfurt-based institution has “fulfill[ed] all its goals … Read More

Ai Weiwei and Julian Assange raise the finger at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.


Morning Links: Dissident Selfie Edition

Getty Research Institute has acquired the archive of Maurice Tuchman, LACMA’s first full-time curator of modern art. [Artforum]Art dealer David Findlay Jr., owner of the 57th Street gallery of the same name, has died at the age of 82. [Artinfo]A … Read More


Morning Links: ‘Whistler’s Mother’ Edition

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Open Sesame: Art Events in New York
Still from Black Sunday (1960). 


8 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

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Artists Retrospective
Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han-Dynasty Urn, 1995, C-prints. ©THE ARTIST

‘It Is Impossible to Simplify My Feelings About China’: Ai Weiwei on His Controversial Art, in 2006

With Ai Weiwei having recently received his passport after Chinese authorities held it for four years, we turn back to the October 2006 issue of ARTnews, in which Barbara Pollack spoke to the artist about his politically charged work. In China, Ai … Read More


Ai Weiwei: Authorities ‘Know That I Want to Make China Into a Better Country’

In an interview published today in Germany, Ai Weiwei provided some new details about the status of his relationship with the Chinese government and said that, when officials returned his passport last month, they assured him that he will be able to return to China … Read More

Ai Weiwei holding his new passport. AI WEIWEI/INSTAGRAM

England Overturns, Apologizes for Rejection of Ai Weiwei’s Six-Month Visa

Following yesterday’s news that Ai Weiwei would only get a 20-day British visa instead of the six-month business visa he asked for, England revoked that decision—the Chinese artist now has a six-month British visa, the Associated Press reported earlier today.The … Read More

Last week, Ai Weiwei Instagrammed himself holding his Chinese passport after authorities held it for four years. AI WEIWEI/INSTAGRAM

Visa Restrictions Prevent Ai Weiwei from Six-Month Stay in England

Despite having finally gotten his passport back after Chinese authorities held it for four years, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is still facing travel restrictions.Today, Ai Instagrammed a letter from British Embassy in Beijing telling him that he would be able … Read More

Last week, Ai Weiwei Instagrammed himself holding his Chinese passport after authorities held it for four years. AI WEIWEI/INSTAGRAM

China Returns Ai Weiwei’s Passport, Allows Him to Travel Again

Chinese authorities returned Ai Weiwei’s passport earlier today, after holding it for four years. The Chinese artist’s repossession of his passport will allow him to leave China for the first time since 2011, when Beijing authorities refused to let Ai … Read More


Morning Links: Controversial German Art Law Edition

German culture minister Monika Grütters defended a law that allows Germany to regulate the international sale of artworks that are either over 50 years old or valued at more than €150,000. [Deutsche Welle]And in response to Grütters’ defense of the … Read More

Eric Edwards in a screenshot from Mark Zemel’s documentary short, The Collector.

Morning Links: DIY Museum Edition

Brooklynite Eric Edwards, owner of the largest private collection of African artifacts (2,500 works dating back 4,000 years), is going to build his own African art museum. [NBC]A project to restore 14 historic mausoleums destroyed in Timbuktu three years ago … Read More


Morning Links: Ai Weiwei’s Cats Edition

The Whitworth has been named Museum of the Year by the Art Fund. [The Art Newspaper]The National Gallery of Victoria is planning a show of work by Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. But more importantly, the museum will also do … Read More

Mykki Blanco for Iceberg SS15.


Morning Links: Mykki Blanco Edition

Tauba Auerbach and Charlotte Posenenske’s “Reciprocal Score” at Independenza in Rome.  [Contemporary Art Daily]“Old Car City, USA…is no longer a junkyard.” [The New York Times]“What else can art do?” A profile on Mark Bradford. [The New Yorker]Comparing and contrasting the … Read More

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Artist Ai Weiwei and Activist Jacob Appelbaum. COURTESY RHIZOME

Rhizome and New Museum Release Online Doc of Weiwei-Appelbaum Collaboration

Today, Rhizome and the New Museum jointly released the online premiere of The Art of Dissent–a new film by Laura Poitra documenting a 72-hour collaboration in Beijing between Ai Weiwei and WikiLeaks/Tor Project activist Jacob Applebaum–as part of the New … Read More