A Radical New Alternative For The Cecil John Rhodes Statue: #Rhodesmusttransform

Merel Bekking | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Merel Bekking

The place Since I've moved to Cape Town, South Africa, now a year ago, I've been bragging about what an amazing place this is. There is the mountain, ...

Ai Weiwei Posed As Drowned Alan Kurdi And It's Been Divisive To Say The Least

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous photo of a drowned Syrian toddler as part of an art project that has sharply divided opinion. We...

China: A Prosperity Agenda?

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

As we watch Chinese enterprises prepare to build our new nuclear power stations, I shall try not to think too much about Ai Weiwei's steel rods in the Royal Academy, the 85,000 people who died in Sichuan on 12 May, 2008, or the human rights activists, lawyers and ethnic minorities who have been harassed, imprisoned and tortured. Repeat after me: prosperity agenda, not rights agenda.

Ai Weiwei, Make Political Art, Make Art Politically

Rose Gibbs | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rose Gibbs

If "making art politically" involves employing scores of people to do boring and dangerous work, what makes what Weiwei does significantly different from countless industrialists?

Review, Ai Weiwei, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is a rather sombre affair that brings into sharp focus the scale and impact the Chinese government's attempts at censorship have had on the artist.

Looks Like Ai Weiwei Will Be Able To Stay In The UK After All

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK

The Home Office has been left red-faced after it was forced to apologise for wrongly denying a visa to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The activist, famo...

Home Office Make Up Criminal Conviction To Deny Chinese Activist A Visa

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been denied a UK visa because he had a “criminal conviction” - despite apparently never having been conv...

Top 10 London Art Exhibitions to See in 2015

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

It was a great year for art shows in the capital but, frustratingly, the big exhibitions were dominated by white male artists. So it is with great delight that the calendar for 2015 sees this challenged in a big way. Here is my list of those art exhibitions in London to put in your diary for 2015.

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 | 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 | 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.