| 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...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Ai Weiwei, arguably China’s best-known artist, spent 81 days in prison in 2011, so he knows about incarceration. That's part of the reason he is helming an exhibit opening this month on San Francisco's Alcatraz Island.
He developed the works in...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 10:00 AM
When the exhibition "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" opens later this month on the former prison island, there is one key person who is guaranteed to be a no-show.
Since 2011, Ai Weiwei has been unable to travel outside of China, a restriction stemming...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 10:26 AM
A small section of the Jeff Koons retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art was vandalized Wednesday, but no works of art were damaged, according to the New York museum.
A man threw red paint on a blank wall of the third floor of...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei spent most of the 1980s and early 1990s in the United States — primarily in New York but also in California. As he prepares to open the new show "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" in September, he's a tad regretful that he...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 10:44 AM
Welcome to Round-up: the once-a-week digest of interesting, important and just plain provocative arts and culture stories -- seasoned with bits of Web weirdness. Want to submit a link for consideration? Best bet is to tweet me.
- There is an Ai Weiwei...
| 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...