Since the launch of his incendiary blog in 2005, Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist-cum-social-media-genius, has been raising eyebrows and turning heads worldwide for his subversive stabs against Beijing’s iron fist. He has launched a sort of neo-cultural revolution in China, breathing new power into the voice of the individual and bringing himself under the wrath of the Chinese government. And thanks to Alison Klayman, the 27 year-old filmmaker whose first documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, hit movie screens nationwide this week, Weiwei might soon be as much of a household name in America as Warhol.
The Observer caught up with Ms. Klayman this week near her apartment in Morningside Heights. She looks young, and more like a fresh-faced Columbia student on her way to class than a filmmaker who might be on her way to winning an Oscar. But, when she starts talking, it all makes sense: you can tell this girl is serious business, an up-and-coming artist in her own right, and one to keep our eyes on.
He may be under house arrest in Beijing, but that hasn’t stopped Ai Weiwei from expressing his creative side. Recently named the most powerful artist in the world, Mr. Ai remotely collaborated with W magazine for a spread in their November issue.
At the L.E.S. gallery Lehmann Maupin last Wednesday night, The Observer Read More
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei offers a vicious, stinging critique of the Chinese government in an article published in Newsweek this week, in which he describes Beijing as “a city of violence.”
Two months after being released from jail by Chinese authorities, who detained him for 81 days on charges of tax evasion, artist Ai Weiwei continued to discuss his arrest in the Western press, with an interview with The Los Angeles Times.
Last night, the Asia Society held a private reception for their new exhibition of Ai Weiwei photographs. Stephanie and John Foster, Belle McIntyre, Alexander Gilkes, and Tatijana Shoan attended the event. The exhibition features photographs of New York that City which the embattled Chinese artist took between the early eighties and early nineties.
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Three decades before his arrest and subsequent release last week by the Chinese government incited a media firestorm, Ai Weiwei worked as a Times Square street portraitist.
Enrolled at Parsons and living on the Lower East Side, he encountered drug dealers in abandoned buildings, a gritty underground arts scene, and police brutality at Tomkins Square Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened a public art exhibit this morning in Central Park by the jailed Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei and delivered a forceful defense of free speech.
“Today, we stand in solidarity with the millions of people around the world who are hoping that Ai Weiwei is quickly and safely released,” Mayor Bloomberg Read More