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An exhibit of Ai Weiwei's work is up at the Brooklyn Museum. Deborah Solomon, art critic for WNYC, talks about the show, "According to What?" and the artist's work. Evan Osnos, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, talks about the artist's message and politics in China.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Director Alison Klayman discusses her documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” an up-close look at renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei and his ongoing battle with the Chinese government. Ai Weiwei is China's most celebrated contemporary artist, who helped design Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai has become a kind of Internet champion, using his blog and Twitter stream to organize, inform, and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens. “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” opens July 27 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and IFC Center.
Monday, November 07, 2011
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
In New York, two galleries have turned their gaze to the work of the controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Meanwhile, from his home in Beijing, the artist has received more than $800,000 in donations from supporters.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Ai's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads will be taken down from the fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel on Friday, according to the artist's gallery because it's the end of the exhibit's run in the city. The New York stop was part of a world tour for the Zodiac Heads, which will be installed in Los Angeles next month.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The New York photographs of an important Chinese artist and critic, the caricatures and paintings of a German-American polymath and lots and lots of mosh pits -- not to mention a 600-lb. squid. It's shaping up to be an interesting arts week in the big, sweaty city. Here's what we've got in the hopper.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
An exhibition of 227 black-and-white documentary photos taken by the controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in New York from 1983 to 1993 opened at the Asia Society on Wednesday. The show marks the first such exhibit presented outside China. Click here to see a slideshow.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
By Erica Getto
The controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was released on bail on Wednesday after he confessed to tax evasion. The news has come as a relief to many artists, public officials, museums and fans.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
By Erica Getto
The controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was released on bail on Wednesday after he confessed to tax evasion. The Chinese State Media news agency reported that the artist's good attitude, willingness to pay his allegedly evaded taxes and poor health were factors in his release. On Thursday at noon, Ai supporters had planned to hold a vigil for the Chinese artist and activist who was detained on April 3 at the Plaza Hotel fountain.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
China watchers and writers Ian Buruma, Yan Lianke, Linda Polman, David Rieff, and Zha Jianying spoke at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature to discuss human rights in China at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at the opening of Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" on Wednesday morning. Under a steady rain, 12 figures from the city's arts community read the words of the detained Chinese artist to protesters, fans and the media.
Friday, April 15, 2011
One hundred fifty years after the start of the Civil War, a musical revolution continues to divide America: why are we still fighting over the song “Dixie?” Robbie Robertson tells Kurt Andersen about another revolution — going electric with Dylan. And Kurt asks a documentary filmmaker about the arrest of the ...