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Ai Weiwei is powerful artist, badass, oppressive government agitator, metal musician… BARBER??? Sign me up, b. We’ve seen this scene in the doc Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. The much-liked artist has sidewalk soirees. Culture people come. Regular denizens too. They all, like, dine and chill and make gov goons unhappy just by existing, yeah? Well, here’s one journalist’s […]

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Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has just announced that he’s releasing a heavy metal album. It’s inspired by Ai Weiwei’s speculative arrest kidnapping by the Chinese government and the 81 days he spent in detention, particularly the time when his omnipresent guards would ask him to sing songs and he didn’t know any songs, so he […]

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So, basically, Anish “Big Time” Kapoor got together with sort-of-everyone-ever from our biggest cultural institutions — the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the MoMA, LACMA, the New Museum, Tumblr — and had a kiki. Behold: Anish’s hmmmnterestingly choreographed but incredibly well-spirited rendition of Ai Weiwei’s rendition of PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” It’s got everything — Pussy Riot masks (the “pretty […]

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Though dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei vowed to fight his company’s alleged tax evasion charges “to the death,” he has exhausted all legal options and conceded to pay the $2.7 million fine. The artist faced extensive charges following his repeated police beatings, kidnapping, 81-day detainment and constant surveillance by government minions, ranging from “pornography” and […]

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Aw, internet! For me? Why, thank you! Here’s Ai Weiwei and a posse of friends and art studio comrades busting out some moves, Gangnam style! The dissident badass adds some special flair to the South Korean rapper PSY’s mega-viral uber-hit with hot pink shirt and snazzy handcuff accessories, ever so subtly (not!) hinting at the […]

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Once again, the ArtReview Power 100 list is out, rather superfluously ranking the big players that made a splash in the Art World September 2011 to September 2012, blah blah, blah, blah blah. But wait. What’s this? Pussy Riot? Slavoj Žižek? Come again? […]

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Filthy pornographer, bigamist, tax evader, illegal fundraiser, exhibitionist, and social media terrorist Ai Weiwei is in trouble again, as the Chinese government officials are about to shut down his Fake Cultural Development design firm for failing to re-register… which he couldn’t do because the Chinese government officials had confiscated documents he needs to re-register. Derp. Last week, the dissident artist who spent 80 days […]

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Chinese nationalists incensed by the Japanese government’s decision to purchase the East China Sea islands last week took to the streets yesterday, the day that marks the 81st anniversary of Japan’s invasion of China. Soon however, demonstrators at the Japanese mission were momentarily distracted by a good opportunity to mess with their second-favorite country to […]

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“Ai, who is married, also denies the charge of bigamy. He openly meets a girlfriend and has a three-year-old son from that relationship,” Reuters reports. Off with his head! […]

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“You know he’s blind, so the night to him is nothing,” said dissident artist Ai Weiwei when his friend, fellow victim of China’s Big Chill, and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng escaped detention — climbing walls, running through villages on an injured ankle and slipping past “multiple cordons of guards”… blind. After hiding out at the American […]

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