| Jan 6, 2014
| 8:26 AM
Mera Rubell — a 70-year-old formerly penniless Jewish Russian refugee turned Head Start teacher turned hotel mogul turned art collector extraordinaire — is the kind of person who just naturally acquires an entourage.
For example, a recent...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 10:53 AM
Most of us in South Laurel/Montpelier drive past Deerfield Run Community Center on Route 197 several times a week. We may become aware of some of the classes offered there as we catch sight of the electronic bulletin board near the street. I recently...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 11:09 AM
Montpelier Arts Center's documentary series starts with "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at 9652 Muirkirk Road. Journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman chronicles internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's creative...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 8:32 AM
Among the keenly observed moments in the new documentary about Ai Weiwei is an exchange between the artist, under house arrest in China on trumped-up charges, and his mother. "If this was 1957 they would have killed you already," she tells him, and the...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 6:15 AM
His largest one-man show opened in Berlin in April, two more exhibits recently debuted in Britain, and his art currently occupies center stage at the Brooklyn Museum. Come September, he unveils an installation on Alcatraz.
But that's not all Ai Weiwei...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 10:44 AM
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| May 9, 2014
It's hard to convey China's transformations to two kinds of people: people who have never been there and people who have just been there for the first time. Experiencing China in 2014 for the first time, many Americans are struck by the modernity of...
| May 9, 2014
| 1:00 PM
For more than a year, a portion of my apartment complex in Beijing has been a construction zone; squat, old buildings have been razed, and new towers are sprouting in their stead. The area is blocked off by walls covered with large, professionally printed...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 11:03 AM
They are both outspoken artist-activists who have gotten into trouble with the law in their respective countries.
Shepard Fairey, the popular Los Angeles street artist, has created a tribute to Ai Weiwei in the form of a new portrait of the Chinese...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 6:00 AM
BEIJING -- Sculptor, dissident, activist, blogger, rock 'n' roller, barber. Multi-hyphenate Ai Weiwei wasn't really in need of another descriptor, but now you can add this: actor.
The roly-poly, 56-year-old Chinese artist makes his acting debut in a 10-...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 10:16 AM
A Fabergé egg found at a flea market by a scrap-metal dealer who initially didn't realize the value of what he had discovered will be on public view for the first time in more than a century, according to a British art and antiques dealer.
| Feb 17, 2014
| 10:59 AM
A South Florida artist destroyed a $1 million vase by famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to protest Pérez Art Museum Miami displaying the work of international artists rather than local ones, Miami New Times is reporting.
"I did it for all the local artists...