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Last month Public Art Fund in New York opened Ai Weiwei’s citywide exhibition, . The project entails steel, fence-like architectural interventions and large-scale banners depicting photographs of Syrian refugees from the artist’s time in Lesbos, Greece. The exhibition is not alone in its use of domestic language to address global issues of mass forced migration. The 15th Istanbul Biennial, which concluded last week and was curated by Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, took the... [more]
A Flâneur’s Guide to FIAC’s Hors Les Murs   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at FIAC October 22nd, 2015 - October 25th, 2015
Posted 10/20/15
  With its annual Hors Les Murs programming, FIAC is once more transforming Paris into a  with art spread citywide, well beyond the glass domes of the Grand Palais. Here you’ll find a suggested promenade replete with the best artful stops outside the fair’s walls. Follow my itinerary, or in the true spirit of Baudelaire’s flâneur, go ahead and wander, get lost, and see what you find—you’re sure to stumble upon some art!   Dan Graham, Passage Intime, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Marian... [more]
Bringing private passions into the public realm   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Hai Bo, Zhang Dali, Wang Guangle, Ai Weiwei, Qiu Xiaofei, Zhang Xiaogang, LIANG Yuanwei at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen June 14th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
Posted 8/6/14
For the better part of their lives Henk de Heus and his wife Victoria de Heus-Zomer have worked to build up their business. The De Heus animal feed company has a hundred year history but it wasn’t until the last couple of decades that the family business from rural Barneveld boomed, becoming a world leader in animal nutrition, a multinational active in fifty countries. The de Heus-Zomer couple has invested a sizeable part of the resulting fortune in art. Since the late eighties they have... [more]
The exhibition as exhibit in a public trial: Ai Weiwei's Evidence   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ai Weiwei at Martin-Gropius-Bau April 3rd, 2014 - July 13th, 2014
Posted 5/15/14
, Ai Weiwei’s largest retrospective to date, opened on April 3rd and that is no coincidence. It was exactly three years ago that day that the most influential artist of China (some argue: of the world) was arrested at the Beijing Capital International Airport and jailed on charges of “economic crimes.” He was released after eighty-one days but has since been forbidden to leave Beijing. For every step outside his own courtyard he has to ask the police for permission, effectively condemning him... [more]
[VIDEO] Ai Weiwei: Bang / German Pavilion at French Pavilion / Venice Art Biennale 2013   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, Dayanita Singh, Ai Weiwei at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 7/2/13
Warning: For their presentations at this year’s Venice Art Biennale, France and Germany swapped their pavilions, so please watch the signage if you visit the show! I think that this is a fantastic idea. Imagine France is Germany, Europe is Asia, and she is he, and dogs are cats, and everything is everything. There is also some very good reason that the German pavilion features works by Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, Dayanita Singh, but damn, I guess you just want to see Ai... [more]
Reality Check   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Seung Woo Back, Zoe Beloff, Thomas Demand, Mark Dion, Leandro Erlich, Omer Fast, Cao Fei, John Gerrard, Johan Grimonprez, Iris Haussler, Jonn Herschend, Pierre Huyghe, Bertrand Lavier, An-My Lê, Joel Lederer, Sharon Lockhart, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Eva and Franco Mattes, Yes Me, Jonathan Monk, Vik Muniz, Trevor Paglen, Walid Raad, Dario Robleto, Eve Sussman, Mary Temple, Ai Weiwei at SITE Santa Fe July 8th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013
Posted 8/15/12
From the flash and swagger of Vegas, to the manicured, lamppost-lined Main Street of Disneyland, we are proffered up a regular cultural diet of distorted, exaggerated versions of reality. The hyperreal seeps into even the most mundane crannies of our existence: our newspapers, breakfast cereal, tennis shoes, and coupon-clippings. Everywhere you turn there is something to buy, sniff, gnaw on, or run your finger along the sides of that has that certain smack of the real, that kind of chewy,... [more]
Ai Weiwei, Entrelacs au Jeu de Paume   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ai Weiwei at Jeu de Paume February 21st, 2012 - April 29th, 2012
Posted 3/25/12
This exhibition is a great introduction to the controversial work of Chinese political art superstar, Ai Weiwei. I was skeptical, and given the intense publicity around Ai Weiwei, we should all be skeptical. When an artist who attracts this much hype for his vociferous attack on governmental regimes and global capitalism exhibits at the Jeu de Paume, there’s every reason to be dubious.   Ai’s work is copious and the artist is prolific, unsurprisingly given his Duchampian belief that art is... [more]
Ai Weiwei Was Here   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ai Weiwei at Martin-Gropius-Bau October 15th, 2011 - March 18th, 2012
Posted 1/23/12
“Do you ever think of yourself as a documentarian? No, because that would be working within a system. I’m much more casual, it’s wandering here and there, like my cats.”   Lining the ornate Neo-Renaissance halls of the Martin Groupius Bau is a continuous frieze of more than 200 black and white photographs by Ai Weiwei. Taken as a whole, the exhibition is a beautiful almost sculptural object; each glossy black and white image is contained in the same regular large blonde wood square frame,... [more]
The Poignant Fire Extinguisher   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ai Weiwei at Tate Modern October 12th, 2010 - May 2nd, 2011
Posted 10/31/10
          When you walk along a beach on the south coast of the UK, the sound of one pebble colliding with another under foot is an experience difficult to replicate. As your foot sinks a little with each step, it is hard not to appreciate that you are at the edge of this land. Beyond lays the temperamental English Channel, after which sits the horizon, the extreme point of our sight, and beyond that a whole array of cultures and communities that tolerate conditions that we in the UK would... [more]
When Great Minds Meet   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Acconci Studio, Ai Weiwei at Para/Site Art Space May 8th, 2010 - July 3rd, 2010
Posted 6/7/10
    The latest culture-spanning, eye-catching curatorial endeavor by Para/Site resident director Alvaro Rodriguez Fominaya purports to bring together two legendary figures: the poet turned artist turned architect Vito Acconci, and the son-of-a-poet turned artist turned architect Ai Weiwei. In reality, these two collaborators met for the first time just several weeks before the opening of this continually evolving, process based endeavor, making it less a two-person exhibition than an... [more]
Form, Structure, Tradition   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ai Weiwei at Mori Art Museum July 25th, 2009 - November 8th, 2009
Posted 10/27/09
        The Mori Art Museum presents “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” from Saturday, 25 July to Sunday, 8 November 2009. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist whose activities cover a wide range of genres, from art and architecture to design and publishing. His international reputation was cemented by a series of highly acclaimed projects over the last few years, including Fairytale, his contribution to Documenta 12 in 2007 for which he brought 1,001 Chinese people to Europe, as well as his... [more]
Chinese History and Contemporary Society   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ai Weiwei at Faurschou Foundation (Beijing) September 5th, 2009 - December 20th, 2009
Posted 10/5/09
    Politically frank and aesthetically poignant, Ai Weiwei’s works deal with Chinese history and contemporary society. His formal practice changes in form and the materials deployed according to the diversity of activities his art embraces. Influenced from his early career by Dada, Duchamp, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol, Ai Weiwei’s works have been based on a conceptual approach – on installation and sculpture.The socio-political and economic climate of contemporary China most often serves... [more]
Ai Weiwei gives a street view of Beijing  
Chen Chieh-jen, Liu Ding, Dong Jun, Zhao Liang, Cheng Ran, Wang Wei, Wang Jian Wei, Ai Weiwei, Lin Yilin, Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong, Jiang Zhi at Morono Kiang Gallery September 13th, 2007 - November 17th, 2007
Posted 10/4/07,0,1296111.story?coll=cl-art-features GALLERIES Ai Weiwei gives a street view of Beijing The iconic Chinese artist documents the city along a single street in the 10-hour 'Chang'an Boulevard.' By David Ng Los Angeles Times Staff Writer September 13, 2007 IF you think your commute is a pain, consider the vehicular odyssey that Ai Weiwei endured to create his video installation... [more]
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