Ai Weiwei

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SAN FRANCISCO — Stepping into a dingy and suffocatingly small cell, you’re immersed in an intense soundscape of horns and the chanting of Tibetan monks. It’s overwhelming, and as the noise builds and bounces around the cold cement room, you wonder if this is akin to the feeling of being trapped inside the space for days on end.

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Ai Weiwei’s Songs of Freedom on Alcatraz

by Whitney Phaneuf on September 25, 2014

A view of  @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s a surprisingly clear morning as we exit the ferry to Alcatraz, but the former federal prison still looms like eerie, ancient ruins.

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Looking at Cats with Ai Weiwei

by Laura C. Mallonee on September 5, 2014

One of Ai Weiwei's cats

“It’s all about the cats,” Ai Weiwei said recently, sitting in his Beijing compound in conversation with a writer for a new feline-themed magazine called Puss Puss. “They stay here, some have babies here, but it’s their home and really an oasis for us.”

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BERLIN — This is the final weekend to see Ai Weiwei: Evidence at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin. The German exhibition is a sweeping survey of mostly recent work that occupies 32,000 square feet of gallery space across 18 rooms.

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Post image for Explaining Ai Weiwei’s New Meme

It started on Instagram last Wednesday, when Ai Weiwei posted an image of a man holding his leg like a rifle with the words “京城反恐系列” (Beijing anti-terrorism series).

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Post image for Creative Dissidents Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and many, including one of China’s most famous dissidents, Ai Weiwei, are commemorating the occasion with personal protests.

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Post image for Ai Weiwei Posts Curator Transcripts After Censorship Row

Ai Weiwei released three transcripts today related to his recent withdrawal from an exhibition at Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).

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Post image for Online Game Lets You Smash Ai Weiwei Vases

Remember when a local artist smashed one of Ai Weiwei’s painted Han Dynasty urns in protest at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in February? Well, now, thanks to an online game called “Ai Weiwei Whoops!,” anyone can be a vase dropper!

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Post image for Chinese Officials Remove Ai Weiwei Work from Exhibition

Ai Weiwei’s art star celebrity status sometimes eclipses the political realities of his life, but the Chinese government is always quick with a reminder. The latest controversy: local cultural officials in Shanghai have scrubbed and censored Ai’s name and work from an exhibition about the history of contemporary Chinese art, the New York Times reported.

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Post image for Ai Weiwei Stars in Short Sci-Fi Film

Who could forget Ai Weiwei’s foray into music last spring? Now he’s branching out creatively once more, this time with his first acting role.

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