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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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How do art fairs contribute to the climate crisis? Related Press How do art fairs contribute to the climate crisis? The Financial Times : 7 June 2019

As the realities of a global climate emergency begin to sink in, the well-heeled visitors to this year's Art Basel fair can expect to see work that reflects the concerns of the world outside–at least to a certain extent. 'Studies show that the wealthier you are, the bigger your carbon footprint, so it's great that we are now seeing this addressed...

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Stars Art Group, China's artistic freedom fighters, celebrate 40th anniversary Related Press Stars Art Group, China's artistic freedom fighters, celebrate 40th anniversary The Art Newspaper : 29 March 2019

On the eve of Art Basel in Hong Kong's private view on Wednesday, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui took to the streets of Central for a paint-splashed performance about the cyclical nature of history. The piece was a tribute to Lee Wen, the pioneering Asian performance artist who died early this month.

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Sydney Biennale modestly comes of age with moments of curatorial brilliance Related Press Sydney Biennale modestly comes of age with moments of curatorial brilliance The Conversation : 16 March 2018

If a 21st birthday "coming of age" observance can be applied to cultural events, 2018 marks the launch into adulthood of the Biennale of Sydney. In some ways Sydney's biennale was a precocious child, turning its back during infancy on mainstream Eurocentric art in favour of exploring its local geographic region, early on including...

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Sydney Biennale review – Ai Weiwei anchors rewarding show that comes of age in its 21st year Related Press Sydney Biennale review – Ai Weiwei anchors rewarding show that comes of age in its 21st year The Guardian : 16 March 2018

There is a simple and quiet work by the Belgian artist Michaël Borremans called The Bread (2012) in this year's Biennale of Sydney. It recalls the work of Flemish 15th century portraits, close and intimate, but it's a modern picture too. It's of a girl's upper body, dressed in a blue top, her hands in front, her gaze downwards. I was fairly certain...

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Mami Kataoka's highlights for the 21st Biennale of Sydney Related Press Mami Kataoka's highlights for the 21st Biennale of Sydney ArtsHub : 1 March 2018

When a biennale or a triennial hits the headlines the first statistic to be published is the roll call of artists: '...70 artists and artists collectives from 35 countries presented across 7 exhibition venues'. It is a mantra that celebrates the broadest inclusion, but Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, is more...

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Picturing Ai Weiwei in Istanbul Related Press Picturing Ai Weiwei in Istanbul Hyperallergic : 5 January 2018

In an era where superstar Chinese artist Ai Weiwei feels ubiquitous, this past summer I experienced the full extent of that reality over the course of two months. After attending a New York preview for his new film about migrants, Human Flow (2017), I traveled to Israel to visit a major exhibition of his work at the Israel Museum in West Jerusalem,...

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From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path Related Press From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path The New York Times : 6 October 2017

Strange to say, although China has 1.4 billion people, it has only one artist, Ai Weiwei. Or so you'd think if you followed the Western news media. Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum wants to correct that impression. With work by some 70 Chinese-born artists and collectives filling most of the museum,...

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios The Vinyl Factory : 8 September 2017

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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Community protests Ai Weiwei planned "Fences" in Washington Square Park Related Press Community protests Ai Weiwei planned "Fences" in Washington Square Park ArtAsiaPacific : 30 August 2017

Ai Weiwei's proposal for a public art project scheduled to take hold beginning mid-October in high-traffic public environments within Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City has been met with resistance from the Washington Square community.

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Anish Kapoor causes a stir in New York Related Press Anish Kapoor causes a stir in New York Apollo Magazine : 5 July 2017

When a local art group lures an international superstar like Ai Weiwei to its birthday celebrations, that's impressive. New York's Public Art Fund (PAF) has done just that to celebrate 40 years of commissioning artists to make site-specific pieces for New Yorkers to enjoy. Returning to the city this month, Ai Weiwei says: 'I never expected this...

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Ai Weiwei’s Immersive 'Hansel & Gretel' at The Park Avenue Armory Related Press Ai Weiwei’s Immersive 'Hansel & Gretel' at The Park Avenue Armory Whitewall : 5 July 2017

Last month, we visited Ai Weiwei and Herzog & De Meuron's exhibition Hansel & Gretel, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Upon entering the neo-Gothic building from the back entrance as directed, we traversed a narrow, poorly lit corridor to eventually make our way into the Armory's expansive central hall.

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Surprises and Innovations Abound at Art Basel Related Press Surprises and Innovations Abound at Art Basel The New York Times : 15 June 2017

Marc Spiegler, the global director of Art Basel, said Hong Kong has its galleries, while Miami is known for its private collections and Basel for its museums.For all the obvious differences among these cities, when the Art Basel fair visits them each year, it anchors its shows in the same way, with a large showcase of presentations by...

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Ai Weiwei Floats a New Project About the Refugee Crisis Related Press Ai Weiwei Floats a New Project About the Refugee Crisis Hyperallergic : 19 April 2017

'Everything is art. Everything is politics.' These words of Ai Weiwei, the enigmatic dissident Chinese political artist, loom like a specter over his latest solo exhibition at the National Gallery in Prague, Law of the Journey. The exhibition's title alludes to Walter Benjamin's reading of Franz Kafka's 'law of the journey' as 'a route of...

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The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition Related Press The 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) announces first 21 artists for its 45th anniversary exhibition 6 April 2017

The world-renowned Biennale of Sydney is back next year to celebrate its 45th anniversary exhibition. Set to maintain its status as the largest and best-attended contemporary arts event in Australia, the 21st Biennale of Sydney is anticipated to once again bring an impressive and diverse range of contemporary artists and artworks to the...

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You'd Have To Be Bonkers: Australians In HK Related Press You'd Have To Be Bonkers: Australians In HK The Art Life : 31 March 2017

Is it only a week since Hong Kong? After a blur of skyscraper light shows, bamboo scaffolding, detour signs, cranes and ferries, it’s hard to believe it all happened. For an international art fair rookie (like me) Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) was hard to get your head around. Held across two large floors of the sophisticated but sterile Hong Kong...

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Ai Weiwei's Lastest Artwork: Building Fences Throughout New York City Related Press Ai Weiwei's Lastest Artwork: Building Fences Throughout New York City The New York Times : 27 March 2017

Ai Weiwei, the provocative Chinese artist, will build more than 100 fences and installations around New York City this fall for Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, one of his most large-scale public art projects to date.

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Migrating Sculpture Related Press Migrating Sculpture Aesthetica Magazine : 24 March 2017

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads (2010) comes to Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of the organisation's 40th anniversary celebrations. The piece, which comprises a dramatic group of 12 bronze animal heads, has been on a worldwide tour since May 2011 and made a colossal migration through Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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US artist Jenny Holzer chosen for Blenheim Palace installations Related Press US artist Jenny Holzer chosen for Blenheim Palace installations The Guardian : 8 March 2017

The American artist Jenny Holzer, known for challenging texts imposed on urban settings, has been chosen as the next contemporary artist to tackle one of the most privileged spaces in the UK, the baroque splendour of Blenheim Palace.

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Amnesty for Art Related Press Amnesty for Art Post-ism : 21 February 2017

As far as you look back in history, the arts have always interacted with the power structures of their time. Artists, writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians have been indispensible critical voices, reacting to cultural and political discourse, connecting with social movements. They can be a powerful voice of dissent and transgression to political...

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Piers 92 and 94 to Stand Out at the Armory Show Related Press Piers 92 and 94 to Stand Out at the Armory Show The New York Times : 12 January 2017

Keen to distinguish the Armory Show, which is facing competition from almost 300 other contemporary art fairs around the world, the New York art fair’s executive director, Benjamin Genocchio, is playing up the gritty industrial space of Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River.For the fair’s 2017 edition, which runs from March 2 through March 5, the...

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'Ai Weiwei: One and the Multitude' Related Press 'Ai Weiwei: One and the Multitude' Aesthetica Magazine : 11 January 2017

A series of installations at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei explores notions of the individual’s relationship to their broader social culture. Ai Weiwei: One and the Multitude, unites monumental pieces from one of the most prominent cultural figures of this century. The exhibition is the premiere for the new...

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The best of Amsterdam Art Weekend Related Press The best of Amsterdam Art Weekend The Art Newspaper : 5 December 2016

An intricately-detailed ten-part vision of environmental disaster by the New York-based artist Dustin Yellin is on display for the first time at Grimm gallery in Amsterdam (until 7 January). The 20-ft work shows a tidal wave unleashed by melting ice caps sweeping away people, animals, art and buildings. The apocalyptic landscape consists of...

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FIAC 2016, da da da Related Press FIAC 2016, da da da RanDian : 28 October 2016

Auctions do not make an art market, merely a market out of art. Accordingly Paris remains the center of art that London pretends to be. To British bafflement, it is not only about money (though that too).The Parisian atmosphere, though, is cordite tense. Both police and homeless people are more noticeable, though begging is not. Despite the...

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Ai Weiwei returns to New York with four solo gallery shows Related Press Ai Weiwei returns to New York with four solo gallery shows The Art Newspaper : 25 October 2016

The ever popular Ai Weiwei will return to New York in November with four big gallery shows, two at Mary Boone, one at Deitch Projects, and one at Lisson’s recently opened US outpost in Chelsea. Three of the shows, organised under the title Roots and Branches, feature tree-inspired sculptures, while the fourth will incorporate clothing from...

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Ai Weiwei's '#SafePassage' surveys global refugee crises at Foam Amsterdam Related Press Ai Weiwei's '#SafePassage' surveys global refugee crises at Foam Amsterdam Wallpaper* : 27 September 2016

Activist-artist Ai Weiwei is known as much for his differences of opinion with the Chinese government as for his art, and says that having left his homeland he feels empathy with the mass of refugees attempting to find a new life in the EU. ‘There are different kinds of refugee. You can be refugee by fear, by operations; it’s a...

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Power to… the art of protest Related Press Power to… the art of protest The Guardian : 27 September 2016

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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Power to... the art of protest Related Press Power to... the art of protest The Guardian : 19 September 2016

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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Ai Weiwei planned to sculpt a 'Redline.' Chinese censors say he crossed one. Related Press Ai Weiwei planned to sculpt a 'Redline.' Chinese censors say he crossed one. The New York Times : 2 September 2016

BEIJING — For Ai Weiwei, the outspoken Chinese artist, the idea was irresistible.Mr. Ai had become obsessed with a red scribble that appeared on a planning document for an art show next month in Yinchuan, a city in northwest China. He decided to build a large sculpture modeled on the line that he would call Redline — a playful...

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5 international biennials and triennials not to miss around Asia in Fall 2016 Related Press 5 international biennials and triennials not to miss around Asia in Fall 2016 Art Radar Journal : 31 August 2016

From the 7th edition of Korea’s Busan Biennale to Japan’s new Triennial the Okayama Art Summit, these five international events will provide thoughtful reflection on new and refreshing curatorial practices in the context of the Biennale infrastructure.

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Ai Weiwei: 'translocation—transformation' at 21erhaus, Vienna – in pictures Related Press Ai Weiwei: 'translocation—transformation' at 21erhaus, Vienna – in pictures Art Radar Journal : 8 August 2016

Integrating his own life story and worldview with topical political issues, Chinese traditions and architectural interventions, translocation—transformation comprises six ambitious new and re-presented pieces by the artist.Last year the artist, who is as notorious for his incarceration by the Chinese government in 2011 and his...

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Artangel commissions works for Reading Prison by Wolfgang Tillmans, Ai Weiwei and Marlene Dumas Related Press Artangel commissions works for Reading Prison by Wolfgang Tillmans, Ai Weiwei and Marlene Dumas It's Nice That : 27 July 2016

The prison where Oscar Wilde was incarcerated will host a major Artangel show with newly commissioned works by Wolfgang Tillmans and Ai Weiwei. Reading Prison will open to the public for the first time to host a line-up of artists, performers and writers, who will respond to the work of its best-known inmate.Specially commissioned artworks by...

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'F. Lotus' by Ai Weiwei highlights the refugee crisis with life jackets Related Press 'F. Lotus' by Ai Weiwei highlights the refugee crisis with life jackets It's Nice That : 19 July 2016

Ai Weiwei has created F. Lotus, an installation composed of 1,005 worn life jackets, as a centrepiece to his first major solo exhibition in Austria. The work aims to address the current refugee crisis by highlighting and demonstrating the sheer number of refugees trying to reach Europe, and follows a similar piece at the Konzerthaus in Berlin where...

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Ai Weiwei to festoon Palazzo Strozzi facade with lifeboats Related Press Ai Weiwei to festoon Palazzo Strozzi facade with lifeboats The Art Newspaper : 7 July 2016

Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to have the full run of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence when his first retrospective in Italy, Ai Weiwei: Libero, opens there on 23 September (until 22 January 2017).

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15 Minutes with Ai Weiwei Related Press 15 Minutes with Ai Weiwei The New York Times Style Magazine : 23 June 2016

Five shadowy, ominous, twisted wooden sculptures loom over the neo-Classical backdrop of the Downing College Chapel in Cambridge, England. Ai Weiwei has come to town — and he’s brought his Trees (and Cubes) with him. Earlier this week, the artist, wearing an equally dark linen suit, was unperturbed by the fact that two trees were...

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Review: Art Basel and Liste Related Press Review: Art Basel and Liste Art Agenda : 19 June 2016

When word got out that Hervé Falciani, a dapper systems engineer at HSBC’s hushed private bank in Geneva, had lifted the identities and details of 130,000 account holders in 2008, the Swiss government was put in the unfortunate position of having to ask its neighbors to extradite this thief or Robin Hood, depending on one’s perspective.

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Switched on: Tate Modern unveils its towering extension, aiming to expand its mission and rewrite art history Related Press Switched on: Tate Modern unveils its towering extension, aiming to expand its mission and rewrite art history ARTNews : 16 June 2016

Tate Modern on Tuesday unveiled to the press its hotly anticipated £260 million ($375 million) expansion, the most significant new cultural building in Britain since the landmark opening in 2000 of its home in a power station–turned–art powerhouse on the banks of the river Thames.Resembling a twisted pyramid cloaked in...

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Flying suitcases, mimes, and a collector's house: A quick spin through the Unlimited Section at Basel Related Press Flying suitcases, mimes, and a collector's house: A quick spin through the Unlimited Section at Basel ARTNews : 14 June 2016

The Unlimited sector of Art Basel is devoted to large-scale installation and works that “transcend the classical art show stand.” The name is a hyperbole—as it does contain walls at some points—but it can really appear endless when you first walk in. And the works inside are very, very big. That is the point of the whole...

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China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 Related Press China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 e-flux : 1 June 2016

Madam Liu, Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan), announced today that the museum will hold its first biennale. To be curated by internationally acclaimed artist, curator and co-founder of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Bose Krishnamachari, the exhibition will be held from September 9 to December 18, 2016 on the premises of MOCA...

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Ai Weiwei unveils new works highlighting plight of refugees Related Press Ai Weiwei unveils new works highlighting plight of refugees The Art Newspaper : 20 May 2016

Three flags fly high above the Cycladic Museum of Art in Athens. One is the flag of Greece; another is of the European Union. The third depicts the outline of the body of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy of Kurdish ethnic background who drowned in the Aegean Sea in September.The three flags, created out of gold and silver satin to...

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5 Asian Megacities at Museum of Fine Arts Boston Related Press 5 Asian Megacities at Museum of Fine Arts Boston Art Radar : 17 May 2016

Museum of Fine Arts Boston exhibits immersive contemporary art installations and sculptures inspired by the changing landscapes of Shanghai, Beijing, Delhi, Seoul and Mumbai.

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Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. Related Press Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. ARTNews : 29 April 2016

Unlimited, the Art Basel platform allotted for large-scale and unconventional artworks, will be showing a record 88 projects from participating galleries this year. Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is heading the section for the fifth year in a row.

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Two exhibitions focus on Chinese creativity Related Press Two exhibitions focus on Chinese creativity The Economist : 21 April 2016

Do Westerners take Chinese artists seriously as artists? Or are they merely illustrations of a changing China? Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and former ambassador to Beijing, began buying Chinese contemporary art in the 1970s, when artists, often working alone and in secret, were reacting to the political turmoil of the time. His collection of over...

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Asian artists take on their megacities Related Press Asian artists take on their megacities The Wall Street Journal : 4 April 2016

A giant snake slinks across the ceiling in one gallery of Megacities Asia—the biggest contemporary exhibition in the history of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at least in terms of square footage. The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei created the “snake” artwork from 350 identical black, white and green backpacks to respond to his...

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Decking the halls: Asian gallery highlights at ABHK 16 Related Press Decking the halls: Asian gallery highlights at ABHK 16 Randian : 23 March 2016

For those not always in their midst in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore or elsewhere in Asia, Art Basel Hong Kong is an annual chance to visit galleries whose programs don’t always reach beyond the region.Magician Space (booth 1C27), whose Beijing location has just doubled in size, will show nine artists with a slant towards...

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A new exhibition explores the art of performing for the camera Related Press A new exhibition explores the art of performing for the camera The Creators Project : 3 March 2016

Artistic images of protest, which today include both the avant-garde and selfies, demonstrate the relationship between performance art and photography in the Tate Modern’s new exhibit Performing for the Camera. From 19th century Paris to New York in the 70s, over 500 photographs are on display documenting the collaboration between the two art...

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M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition Related Press M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition WestKowloon : 24 February 2016

Comprising more than eighty works by fifty artists – including Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Geng Jianyi, Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Peili, and Zhang Xiaogang – this is the first-ever chronological exhibition about the emergence of Chinese contemporary art. It shows both the development of Chinese contemporary art and a glimpse of the collection...

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Native global land at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris Related Press Native global land at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris Flash Art : 21 February 2016

France has always been a country of asylum for Chinese artists. After the First World War, it was where painters such as Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh-Chun developed their careers. In the 1990s, Paris became a vanguard destination for contemporary Chinese artists fleeing the Tiananmen revolution, like Yan Pei Ming and Huang Yong Ping. At that time former...

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Ai WeiWei covers Berlin concert hall in 14,000 life jackets Related Press Ai WeiWei covers Berlin concert hall in 14,000 life jackets Dazed Digital : 17 February 2016

Ai Weiwei is fast becoming the pre-eminent voice globally on the Syrian refugee crisis. In recent months, the artist has posed as drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi; closed his Danish exhibition early in protest at a controversial asylum law; and announced he will be opening a studio on the island of Lesbos.Now Weiwei has renewed his focus on...

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A tsunami of data: Laura Poitras, Trevor Paglen, Hito Steyerl, and more discuss surveillance technology at the Whitney Related Press A tsunami of data: Laura Poitras, Trevor Paglen, Hito Steyerl, and more discuss surveillance technology at the Whitney ARTNews : 14 February 2016

On Saturday afternoon, at the Whitney Museum in New York, Laura Poitras had a warning for her audience: “If there’s anyone in the room who has intelligence, who has clearance, you’re going to be seeing classified information as part of most of our work.”“They’ll have seen things that they’re not...

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Lisson Gallery reveals May opening date, programming for first New York Space Related Press Lisson Gallery reveals May opening date, programming for first New York Space ArtNews : 13 February 2016

Nearly two years after first announcing plans to open a gallery space in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood—right under the world-famous High Line—the London-based Lisson Gallery revealed an opening date, the architectural renderings, and the space’s programming for 2016 at a press conference at The Standard in the Meatpacking...

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Chinese Whispers: Recent works from the Sigg and M+ Sigg collections will be presented in Switzerland Related Press Chinese Whispers: Recent works from the Sigg and M+ Sigg collections will be presented in Switzerland Cafa Art Info : 5 February 2016

'Chinese Whispers' provides a deeper insight into China’s art scene of the past fifteen years. Significant portions of Uli Sigg’s collection will be on display in a joint exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland and afterwards will travel in a reduced version to MAK – Austrian Museum of...

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Ai Weiwei at Helsinki Related Press Ai Weiwei at Helsinki Art Asia Pacific : 28 January 2016

Were you to be flying over Finland, one of the first things you might notice is the profusion of green that covers so much of its landscape. Not the light green hue of pasture and fields, but the deep, dark emerald of pine and spruce. With 65 percent of the country covered in forest, wood is not just an important everyday material, but an element...

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Ai WeiWei hangs bamboo + paper kite creatures in Paris' Le Bon Marché department store Related Press Ai WeiWei hangs bamboo + paper kite creatures in Paris' Le Bon Marché department store Designboom : 19 January 2016

Within Paris’ Le Bon Marché rive gauche department store, Ai WeiWei turns the historic retail space into his playground with an expansive exhibition of bamboo and paper installations. For ‘Er Xi’ — meaning ‘child’s play’ — Ai WeiWei references Shan Hai Jing, a collection of epic tales and popular...

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The 21st-century Tate is a commonwealth of ideas: Museums must widen the ways in which they serve their audiences to reflect new forms of social interaction Related Press The 21st-century Tate is a commonwealth of ideas: Museums must widen the ways in which they serve their audiences to reflect new forms of social interaction 12 January 2016

As Tate prepares to open the new, extended and rehung Tate Modern in June, this is an important moment for us to consider how museums have changed so far this century, and how they might continue to develop in the future. In the past 20 years, there has been a profound shift in the expectations and behaviour of audiences in museums. For me, this...

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'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' at The National Gallery Victoria Related Press 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' at The National Gallery Victoria Hypebeast : 9 January 2016

The highly-anticipated Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition that we shared earlier this summer opened on December 11 at the National Gallery in Victoria. As a presentation of works from two of the most impactful artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, the event was a dynamic showing of more than 300 works from the pair collectively. The exhibit was...

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M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition comes to Hong Kong Related Press M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition comes to Hong Kong West Kowloon : 8 January 2016

M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, is delighted to announce that the tenth edition of the Mobile M+ exhibition series M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art will take place at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place from 23 February to 5 April 2016 with the support of Leading Sponsor Credit Suisse.M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of...

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Focus pays off for Ai Weiwei's biggest fan Related Press Focus pays off for Ai Weiwei's biggest fan The Financial Review : 18 December 2015

Larry Warsh doesn't shrink from building his collection on the works of just one artist. A prominent American collector and publisher, Warsh loaned the National Gallery of Victoria works by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei​ from his private collection, which are being exhibited with works from Andy Warhol in what is turning out to be one...

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Ai Weiwei gifts 'Letgo Room' to the National Gallery of Victoria Related Press Ai Weiwei gifts 'Letgo Room' to the National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria : 14 December 2015

Ai Weiwei has gifted his major new installation Letgo Room, 2015, to the National Gallery of Victoria. The work was commissioned by the NGV for the exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei which opened on December 11 and will continue through April 2016. Incorporating more than two million plastic building blocks the work features portraits of...

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Can art exist on social media? Related Press Can art exist on social media? Apollo Magazine : 8 December 2015

Can artists and the wider art world use social media for more than marketing or self-promotion? The most exciting practitioners now working across digital platforms certainly think so.The arrival of a new passport is not usually newsworthy. But, in July 2015, when the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei posted a photo of himself with his new...

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Ai Weiwei splits a 400-year-old temple between two Beijing galleries Related Press Ai Weiwei splits a 400-year-old temple between two Beijing galleries Hyperallergic : 26 November 2015

Between two Beijing galleries, Ai Weiwei has divided a 400-year-old temple’s 1,500 worn, wooden pieces. The towering installations meditate on tradition and modernity. According to Galleria Continua, which is jointly presenting the exhibition with Tang Contemporary Art, the solo show is the first time the Chinese artist has created and staged...

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Fukushima's radioactive wasteland turns into art gallery Related Press Fukushima's radioactive wasteland turns into art gallery The Guardian : 21 November 2015

When Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant went into meltdown on 11 March 2011, thousands of people jumped in their cars and fled north. Some had second thoughts. They stopped to check the direction of the wind, then drove in the opposite direction, away from the plume of radiation spreading from the stricken plant.It was also the inspiration...

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Beauty, sex and the body’s limits explored in new Phaidon art book Related Press Beauty, sex and the body’s limits explored in new Phaidon art book It's Nice That : 18 November 2015

A weighty new title from Phaidon claims to be one of the most thorough, in-depth books looking at the body in art ever to be published. Body of Art takes on 35 millennia of representing the human form, from the figurative to the abstract to the conceptual. Featuring work by over 400 artists, including Marina Abramović, Matisse and Tracey Emin, the...

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Hong Kong debut for M+ museum’s founding collection Related Press Hong Kong debut for M+ museum’s founding collection The Art Newspaper : 10 November 2015

The first large-scale exhibition in Hong Kong of works from the Sigg Collection of Chinese contemporary art, since its was acquired by the M+ museum in West Kowloon, will open early next year (23 February-5 April 2016). The show is organised by Pi Li, M+’s senior curator of Chinese art, who joined the museum in 2012, the same year the part...

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Emerging from Ai Weiwei's shadow: China's new art Related Press Emerging from Ai Weiwei's shadow: China's new art The Art Newspaper : 3 November 2015

This month the Royal Academy in London will host a highly anticipated solo show by China’s most famous living artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In the last five years alone the artist once dismissively referred to as “China’s Warhol” in the mainstream Western media has been transformed into a celebrated icon of resistance...

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'Follia Continua: 25 Years of Galleria Continua' at Centquatre, Paris Related Press 'Follia Continua: 25 Years of Galleria Continua' at Centquatre, Paris Mousse Magazine : 30 October 2015

To celebrate 25 years of adventure, projects, sharing and madness, it is just natural for Galleria Continua to invest in the walls of Centquatre-Paris, with which it has collaborated for several years. Amid constant activity, it is a veritable collaborative platform whose objectives strongly resonate with those of Galleria Continua.The...

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Chinese President's Art Speech Released Related Press Chinese President's Art Speech Released Blouin Artinfo : 29 October 2015

Chinese State Releases Xi Jinping Arts Speech: President Xi Jinping of China gave a speech on the role of the arts in Chinese society one year ago, but the full text of his remarks was not published until yesterday. The wide-ranging speech, which has been likened to Mao Zedong’s key speeches at the 1942 Yan’an Forum on Literature and...

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Ai Weiwei – from criminal to art-world superstar Related Press Ai Weiwei – from criminal to art-world superstar The Guardian : 21 September 2015

For a man who in 2011 spent 81 days incarcerated without charge at the pleasure of the government of the People’s Republic of China, Ai Weiwei’s choice of Berlin studio is a curious one. Rather than an airy white room full of light, he has gone for the opposite: an extraordinary maze of underground cellars that were once the cooling...

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'It is impossible to simplify my feelings about China': Ai Weiwei on his controversial art, in 2006 Related Press 'It is impossible to simplify my feelings about China': Ai Weiwei on his controversial art, in 2006 ARTnews : 10 August 2015

Two gigantic turquoise-colored bowls are positioned in the entryway of the home of Ai Weiwei, one of Beijing’s best-known artists. The porcelain vessels, each more than four feet in diameter, are filled with what look like grains of white rice but are actually thousands upon thousands of precious natural pearls. They are a trompe l’oeil...

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Ai Weiwei free to travel overseas again after China returns his passport Related Press Ai Weiwei free to travel overseas again after China returns his passport The Guardian : 23 July 2015

More than four years after he was banned from leaving his native China, artist Ai Weiwei is free to travel again after Beijing authorities returned his passport. The artist posted a celebratory Instagram message alongside a photograph of himself posing with the document. “Today I got my passport,” it read.Police seized Ai’s...

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Documenting history Related Press Documenting history The Economist : 15 July 2015

TWO thousand Neolithic axe-heads have been arranged with patient precision. An exploration of China’s heritage by Ai Weiwei, the work is the dramatic centrepiece of an exhibition of Chinese art of the last four decades at the Whitworth museum in Manchester, which was named British Museum of the Year 2015 on July 1st. It is indicative of the...

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You Can Never Have Too Much of a Good Thing Related Press You Can Never Have Too Much of a Good Thing The Art Newspaper : 13 July 2015

This summer the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is showing Christian Marclay’s The Clock for the sixth time since it acquired the work in 2011. The audience response to the 24-hour collage of film clips has been “tremendous” says a spokeswoman for the institution, who adds that each screening attracts long queues.So what is...

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A Huge Andy Warhol And Ai Weiwei Exhibition Is Coming To The NGV Melbourne Related Press A Huge Andy Warhol And Ai Weiwei Exhibition Is Coming To The NGV Melbourne Oyster Magazine : 9 July 2015

A couple of influential artists are coming to the NGV: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. You might have heard of them somewhere between Campbell's Soup and Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn.Developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, the exhibition will hold  ajor new commissions, installation, painting, sculpture, film and photography will...

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Ai Weiwei Archives 6,830 Rice Paper Sheets of Printed Tweets Related Press Ai Weiwei Archives 6,830 Rice Paper Sheets of Printed Tweets Designboom : 3 July 2015

A recently completed artwork by Ai Weiwei is presented for the exhibition ‘Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection’ at Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales.The renowned Chinese artist premiers ‘An Archive’, a physical chronicle of his social media commentary over the last 8 years....

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'28 Chinese' exhibit opens at Asian Art Museum Related Press '28 Chinese' exhibit opens at Asian Art Museum The Daily Californian : 18 June 2015

This summer at the Asian Art Museum, 8,000 sheets of calligraphy paper hang suspended by cotton threads. Silence is palpable within Zhu Jinshi’s interactive Boat (2012) installation. A visitor walking through the towering tunnel seems to simultaneously advance and recede.Like Boat, the exhibition 28 Chinese reflects a concern that...

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Ai Weiwei Trades Politics for Subtlety in First Solo Exhibition in China Related Press Ai Weiwei Trades Politics for Subtlety in First Solo Exhibition in China The New York Times : 10 June 2015

Barred since 2011 from traveling outside his home country, the artist Ai Weiwei has become a master of what might be called “remote exhibition-making” — using 3-D computer models, Skype, and a team of curators and assistants to create large-scale installations around the world from his studio in Beijing. But no virtual simulation...

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Go East- The Gene and Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Related Press Go East- The Gene and Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Art Guide Australia : 15 May 2015

Go west, young man. So the saying goes. And for more than a century, Australian artists and collectors did just that. They looked towards the great art centres of Paris, London, New York, Rome and Berlin for inspiration. But in the 1980s something changed. We began to come to terms with our physical location in Asia and started to swivel our gaze...

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ZHAO ZHAO Related Press ZHAO ZHAO Flaunt : 26 February 2015

Zhao Zhao and I first met on November 27, 2004. We have known each other for more than 10 years. He graduated from the Xinjiang Arts Institute, one of the top eight art academies in China. The institute is something between a teaching university and an art academy: a comprehensive art school offering classes in fine art, broadcasting, dance, and...

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Ai Weiwei sculptures set auction record Related Press Ai Weiwei sculptures set auction record Bloomberg Business : 19 February 2015

A group of gold-plated bronze sculptures by Ai Weiwei fetched 2.9 million pounds ($4.5 million) at Phillips in London, an auction record for China’s dissident artist. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads from 2010 depicts 12 signs of the ancient Chinese zodiac, with the animal heads displayed on individual pedestals. Estimated at 2 million pounds...

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Ai Weiwei'S Fashion Collaboration Related Press Ai Weiwei'S Fashion Collaboration Ann Binlot for Hyperallergic / 7 November 2014 : 11 November 2014

When fashion magazine V sent over a selection of garments by 14 emerging designers carried by Dover Street Market, Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s concept store, to the dissident artist with the instructions to shoot them in any manner he wished, he treated them the way he treated 10 Neolithic vases in his 2006/2008 Colored Vases...

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Taipei: The New Hub For Asian Art? Related Press Taipei: The New Hub For Asian Art? by Dana Ter / Taipei Times / 24 October 2014 : 31 October 2014

This year’s exhibition will showcase a variety of artwork created by Taiwanese and foreign talents, alongside educational and interactive workshops open to the public. Lin told the Taipei Times that in addition to the usual contenders from China, Japan and Korea, there will be more representation from Southeast Asia this...

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Ai Weiwei Opens Solo Show At Blenheim Palace Related Press Ai Weiwei Opens Solo Show At Blenheim Palace Darryl Wee for Artinfo / 28 September 2014 : 7 October 2014

The Blenheim Art Foundation opens the most comprehensive UK exhibition to date devoted to the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on October 1. The exhibition, which will be hosted by Blenheim Palace, will serve as the inaugural event that marks the launch of the Foundation.Covering a period of some three decades across Ai’s career and encompassing...

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Love Chinese Contemporary Art? Who To Follow On Instagram Related Press Love Chinese Contemporary Art? Who To Follow On Instagram Rachel Marsden for Art Radar Asia / 06 February 2014 : 11 February 2014

In the era of prolific online image sharing and the overuse of the photographic “selfie”, Instagram allows unprecedented access to artists’ lives and works. Viewing and following China’s art practitioners takes on the allure of celebrity-chase, giving people around the globe an insight into events, exhibitions and happenings...

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Looking Back: Top 10 Contemporary Art Exhibits In 2013 Related Press Looking Back: Top 10 Contemporary Art Exhibits In 2013 Stephen Knudsen for The Huffington Post / 02 January 2014 : 15 January 2014

I can't think of a better way to open myself up to the slings and arrows of rebuke than making a top ten list like this. But someone did ask me to list the five best 2013 exhibits off the top of my head. I took them up on that and then added five more. If memorability is in fact, as Henry Geldzahler claimed, a good measure of aesthetic...

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Ai Weiwei On Creating Art In A Cage Related Press Ai Weiwei On Creating Art In A Cage Didi Kirsten Tatlow for The Sydney Morning Herald / 01 January 2014 : 7 January 2014

Ai Weiwei, the artist and dissident, places flowers in the basket of a bicycle outside his Beijing studio in protest against the Chinese government's confiscation of his passport. Ai discusses in an interview what it's like to be trapped in a country he loves, but may not leave.He's concerned that his art is suffering. An exhibition...

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The First Major Exhibition Of Chinese Contemporary Art At The Metropolitan, New York Related Press The First Major Exhibition Of Chinese Contemporary Art At The Metropolitan, New York Sue Wang for Cafa Art Info / 10 December 2013 : 11 December 2013

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China explores how contemporary works from a non-Western culture may be displayed in an encyclopedic art museum. It is the first time for the Metropolitan to present a major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art. Presented in the Museum’s permanent galleries for Chinese art, the exhibition features...

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China Continues Its Crackdown on Political Artists Related Press China Continues Its Crackdown on Political Artists Hyperallergic : 29 August 2012

Even before the current documentary about him was out in theaters, Ai Weiwei had become the poster child for China's repression of dissenting artists.

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