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Ai Weiwei at Lisson: Art, Politics and Humour

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

It's easy to think of Ai Weiwei and focus solely on the politics of his life and work which, of course, he intends to be considered and following his detention by the Chinese authorities in 2011 it is impossible not to. But one should not forget that Ai Weiwei is first and foremost a visual artist.

Warhol, To China And Back: The Art Market Changes Forever

Michael Frahm | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Michael Frahm

As a fascinating parallel export, Warhol's art itself can be seen as a strong foreshadowing of Chinese contemporary art; consider his 1972 Mao, which aligned itself to the legacy of his other numerous "celebrity" portraits, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.

Sam Parker

2012's Biggest Art Moments

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Parker | Posted 09.02.2013 | Home

What have been your biggest art stories of the past 12 months? Picking just ten was difficult. In a year that saw London show off the best of Briti...

Sam Parker

Cultural Icon Of The Year: Cast Your Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Parker | Posted 03.02.2013 | Home

After 430 years observing the Gregorian calendar, we've become a species of habits. At this time of year chief among them is looking back on the pr...

Anish Kapoor To Follow Ai Weiwei With Gangnam Style Video

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 14.01.2013 | Home

When we first saw Ai Weiwei's version of Korean pop video Gangnam Style (above), we wondered whether it was a fake. It turns out that our suspicion...

Ai Weiwei's Remarkable 'Gangnam Style' Remake

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 24.12.2012 | Home

Your first thought is: Ai Weiwei look-a-like. Has to be. A man of unparalleled power and influence in the arts, a man who has attracted internation...

The Sunflower Seeds Are Coming Back!

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 05.03.2012 | Home

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds are getting a permanent home at the Tate. The gallery has snapped up around eight million of t...

Julius Caesar, Angelina Jolie and Me - A Week at the Berlinale

Mark Cosgrove | Posted 22.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Mark Cosgrove

If a week is a long time in politics then a week at a film festival is an eternity where you not only travel across time and space but into the minds of a female victim of war, a confused second generation British-Egyptian teenager and a reluctant revolutionary.

The Art World Has Always Existed to Respond to Uneasiness

Greg Hilty | Posted 11.02.2012 | Home
Greg Hilty

In Beijing to visit Ai Weiwei. His first exhibition at Lisson Gallery, last May, ended up coinciding with his 81 day detention, so he couldn't come. The show generated huge public following. On the way here I reflected on why Ai Weiwei and Lisson Gallery had decided to work together.

Art is the New Rock'N'Roll

Simon Napier-Bell | Posted 01.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Simon Napier-Bell

The music world is in debate as to what lies ahead. Record companies will soon be gone. No one's crying. But new musical artists are wondering how, in the internet age, they will get sufficient focus on themselves to rise to the top. Bit by bit fresh promotional mechanisms will emerge; in the meantime the new style music industry would do well to keep an eye on the world of art.