Famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has taken to Instagram to show his Beijing studio being demolished, reportedly in a drive by Chinese authorities to have safer buildings.
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
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous photo of a drowned Syrian toddler as part of an art project that has sharply
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.
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?
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.
The Home Office has been left red-faced after it was forced to apologise for wrongly denying a visa to Chinese artist Ai
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been denied a UK visa because he had a “criminal conviction” - despite apparently
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.
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.
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.
What have been your biggest art stories of the past 12 months? Picking just ten was difficult. In a year that saw London
Sheridan Smith Corden's co-star in Gavin and Stacey has proven to be another leading light of British theatre. After winning
When we first saw Ai Weiwei's version of Korean pop video Gangnam Style (above), we wondered whether it was a fake. It turns
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
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds are getting a permanent home at the Tate. The gallery has snapped up
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.
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.
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.