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Footnotes on Ai Weiwei & China’s Great Firewall

Chances are if you’ve been following art news in the past few weeks, you’ve seen the name Ai Weiwei. Ai’s been all over the place lately, having a public conversation with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, getting interviewed on CNN about the role of social media in Chinese politics, and documenting recent artist protests in Beijing. The artist was even announced as the eleventh commission for the London Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall installation series, a run of exhibitions featuring such luminaries as Doris Salcedo, Rachel Whiteread and Olafur Eliasson.

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Behold the Arch of Snooki

If you don’t know Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles, you should. Its creator Neil Swaab is a genius … well, if you think genius involves illustrating a 3’7″ teddy bear who has been convincted of burglary, assault, posession, intent to cause distress on a senior citizen, arson, kidnapping, extortion, conspiracy, light treason …

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Reviving the Stories of Art

The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones doesn’t have time for contemporary art history. In his latest post, “The trouble with art history? It’s boring,” he explains why: Perhaps art history is coming to its senses, and learning to tell stories that bring great art to life. If so, it is finally catching up with historians, paleontologists and […]

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