Ai Weiwei remembers disappearance of 43 Mexican students
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's interest in studying human rights around the world led to his meeting with relatives of the 43 college students who disappeared in southern Mexico in...
Dissident artist: China’s arrests of Canadians unsurprising
TORONTO (AP) — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said Wednesday that China's arrests of two Canadians who have been detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese Huawei executive is unsurprising because disappearances and forced detentions without due process are common in China.
The frequent government critic issued a statement in response to tensions between Canada and China ahead of his exhibition at Toronto's Gardiner Museum next month.
Angelina Jolie doesn’t rule out move into politics
LONDON (AP) — Angelina Jolie has not ruled out a move into politics — and has joked that she might be tough enough to take the rough and tumble that comes with it.
The American actress and U.N. envoy told BBC radio she "can take a lot on the chin" — a possible reference to her bitter divorce from Brad Pitt.
When asked if she is moving in the direction of politics, the 43-year-old Oscar winner said, "I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change."
Artist, activist Ai Weiwei and director Barry Jenkins discuss recent abuses of free speech
PEN America giving artistic expression award to Ai Weiwei
NEW YORK (AP) — Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident, will be honored this fall by PEN America.
Ai is to receive the Artistic Expression Award at PEN's LitFest Gala in Los Angeles, the literary and human rights organization announced Friday. The event takes place November 2 at the Beverly Wiltshire Hotel. PEN noted that the prize follows the recent razing of the artist's Beijing studio.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio.
The frequent government critic says on his Instagram account the demolition began Friday without prior notice and posted videos of an excavator smashing the windows of his "Zuoyou" studio.
The studio in the northeast Beijing suburbs has been Ai's primary work space since 2006, although his has mostly been based in Europe in recent years.
The installment of 12 bronze-cast animal heads on stanchions took three days for a crane to lift and place the art pieces in the north courtyard of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Each nearly 10 feet tall, the animal heads represent the Chinese zodiac calendar.
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"No one leaves their country lightly."
These six words are uttered by an Afghan refugee as she's struggling to make her way from her shattered homeland to safety in Europe. Those sentiments form the heart of "Human Flow," Chinese artist/activist/filmmaker Ai Weiwei's epic, moving tableau about the massive flood of refugees currently crossing continents and seas seeking security and shelter.
Review: Tragedy of refugees explored in ‘Human Flow’
"Human Flow" takes an abstract tragedy — the fact that some 65 million people worldwide are refugees — and make it tangible, real, unavoidable. It does not browbeat or preach, it simply shows, and what it shows is overwhelming.
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NYC to get huge immigration-themed exhibit by famed artist
NEW YORK (AP) — An enormous exhibition by the activist artist Ai Weiwei, designed to draw attention to the world's refugee crisis, is going on view at some 300 sites around New York City.
"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors," presented by the Public Art Fund, will be open to the public from Thursday until Feb. 11.
Ai Weiwei Art Installation Unveiled In NYC
Ai Weiwei puts human face on migrant crisis in ‘Human Flow’
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The United Nations says there are 65 million forcibly displaced people around the world — a number so huge it can be overwhelming to contemplate.
Artist Ai Weiwei wants to make viewers see both the scale of the crisis and the humanity of the migrants with his documentary "Human Flow," premiering Friday at the Venice Film Festival.
Ai Weiwei: ‘it’s in my blood’ to explore migrant crisis
In Venice, ‘First Reformed’ asks: Is God an ecologist?
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Two crises unfold in Paul Schrader's movie "First Reformed," which had its world premiere Thursday at the Venice Film Festival — one spiritual, the other environmental.
It's one of several films exploring the effects of climate change and environmental degradation at a festival that's taking place as, across the Atlantic, former Hurricane Harvey is demonstrating the devastating power of nature.
Group protests Ai Weiwei art installation in New York City
NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (eye way-way) is getting some local opposition to his planned public art project in New York City.
The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2wmgpVm ) reports the Washington Square Association is protesting Ai's proposed installation in the park's archway.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In the sun-soaked setting of Copenhagen's Nyhavn harbour, there is a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis taking place on Europe's shores.
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum with more than 3,500 salvaged lifejackets worn by migrants and collected on the Greek island of Lesbos.
The artwork is named "Soleil Levant" — French for "Sunrise" and was inaugurated Tuesday, which is World Refugee Day.
Chinese dissident: Trump ‘has to be challenged’
JERUSALEM (AP) — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday encouraged people across the world to challenge their leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, in order to fend off what he said are threats to basic human values posed by governments.
MIAMI (AP) — Perez Art Museum Miami is celebrating a milestone: one million visitors since the waterfront museum opened in December 2013.
According to a statement, the museum officially welcomed its one-millionth visitor on Thursday. Director Franklin Sirmans said the museum was "very proud" to reach that milestone three years after the new building opened in downtown Miami overlooking Biscayne Bay.
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PRAGUE (AP) — Chinese conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has placed his latest refugee-themed installation — a black rubber boat with 258 figures onboard — in Prague, the capital of a European Union country that has opposed the bloc's efforts to redistribute migrants among member nations.
Chinese artist, activist Ai Weiwei exhibit in Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An art exhibition by famed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will soon open in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/2j8ketM ) reports "Natural State" is Ai's second exhibit to visit the United States since his five-year house arrest finished in 2015. The exhibit will take place at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and display more than 30 works.