Ai Weiwei

11:17am

Wed May 22, 2013
Parallels

China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 6:18 pm

The video for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's newly released song starts by re-creating the conditions of his captivity during the 81 days he was held in police detention in 2011, and later dissolves into a dystopian nightmare.
Courtesy Ai Weiwei

3:20pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Fine Art

In 'According To What?' Ai Weiwei Makes Mourning Subversive

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 2:48 pm

Grapes, a spiky cluster of wooden stools from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is part of Ai Weiwei's repurposed furniture series.
Cathy Carver Courtesy Hirshhorn Museum

How do we honor the dead? How do we commit them to memory? And how do we come to terms with the way they died?

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9:03am

Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Ai Weiwei: In China, Lack Of Truth 'Is Suffocating'

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:15 am

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in June 2012.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on the suffocation of truth.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on being known despite censorship.
  • From WBUR: Ai Weiwei on life in prison.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been outspoken about the lack of freedom in his homeland and was imprisoned in what he and his supporters say was an effort to keep him quiet, told our colleagues at Boston's WBUR this week that the lack of truth in China is "suffocating ... like bad air all the time."

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1:42pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Movie Interviews

For Ai Weiwei, Politics And Arts Always Mix

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 6:49 pm

The famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is also a prominent dissident in his home country. His political side is the focus of Alison Klayman's documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
Ted Alcorn IFC Films

Last week, a Chinese court rejected artist Ai Weiwei's lawsuit against the tax bureau that had imposed a massive fine on his company. Ai was fined more than $2 million after being detained for three months last year.

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1:30pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

China Now Investigating Nude Photos Of Outspoken Artist Ai Weiwei

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 1:32 pm

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (C) posing with women in the nude in Beijing.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

The artist Ai Weiwei can't seem to catch a break with the Chinese government. His open dissension, of course, doesn't help, but the government has kept coming after him time and time again.

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