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Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei receive 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award

ai_weiwei_and_joan_baez_0Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei were today awarded the 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award at an evening ceremony in Berlin which featured performances from artists around the world.
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121. AI WEIWEI (released)

121.   AI Weiwei

Pen name               

 Sex                         Male

 Birth date               1957-08-28

Birth place              Beijing

Resident place         Chaoyang District, Beijing

Education               Department of Art, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing (1978-1981), Continue reading

Ai Weiwei’s Songs of Freedom on Alcatraz

by Whitney Phaneuf on September 25, 2014

A view of Ai Weiwei’s large “Trace” (2014) on Alcatraz (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted) Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: Ai Weiwei’s Art and the Chinese Tragi-Comedy

July 23, 2014

Thoughts on the artist’s one-man exhibition in Berlin.


Ai Weiwei He Xie
Ai Weiwei’s piece ‘He Xie’ at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Photo provided by Tienchi Martin-Liao.

The largest one-man exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s artwork ended this week in Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau. Continue reading

An Exclusive Essay By Ai Weiwei: ‘On Self-Censorship’

Posted: 06/19/2014 9:14 am EDT Updated: 06/19/2014 10:59 am EDT


It’s been a bad month for critics of the Chinese government, starting with the flood of arrests ahead of the Tiananmen Square anniversary. Now officials are battling a single man: their longtime opponent, the world-famous artist Ai Weiwei. Continue reading

Ai Weiwei speaks out about Instagram leg-as-gun meme

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:32 PM EDT


Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said Monday that his original posting on Instagram was a statement about the overuse of power in fighting terrorism. Continue reading

Is that leg loaded? Ai Weiwei starts web craze with mysterious ‘leg-gun’ pose

The Chinese artist has sparked an internet meme by posting pictures of people with their legs raised and pointing like rifles. Is it his latest revolutionary act? A new dance craze? Or the next Angelina Jolie’s thigh? We weigh up the options Continue reading

Five Myths About China (That I’m Sorry I Helped Spread)

By EVAN OSNOS May 18, 2014

On a single day this spring – April 30, though it could be any – readers scanning the news on China had reason to be baffled: They learned that China is poised to vault past the United States on a measure of economic dominance, five years sooner than expected (unless it isn’t). They also learned that China is at risk of a grave economic slump, if property prices continue to sink. They learned that world-classgenetic researchers in Shanghai, flush with far-sighted government investment, have collaborated to produce new insight into aging cells. And, lastly, they learned that a Chinese journalist has vanished into detention for daring to acknowledge a date on the calendar that censors consider taboo: the 25th anniversary of the crackdown at Tiananmen Square on June 4.

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