Ai Weiwei

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In December 2000, the Spanish artist Santiago Sierra paid four people to have a line tattooed on their backs. As Sierra explained it: “Four prostitute(...)

Inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its doors to the public on November 11th, 10 years after the Gulf sheikhdom concluded an agreement with a consortium of(...)

Breda Mayock preparing a banner for the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eight Ammendment. Photo: Alison Laredo

In 1989, seven members of the group Act Up broke into the New York Stock Exchange, chaining themselves to a balcony and displaying a banner that read (...)

An impromptu shrine to late Nobel laureate and pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo outside China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China, July 13th, 2017. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

China’s best-known democracy activist, the jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, has died aged 61 in hospital after a battle with liver cancer. Mr (...)

Billy Telford in his Berlin office, complete with artwork by Eric Powell. “There’s a political game going on here, blaming foreigners coming here with bags of money and spending it willy-nilly.”

Billy Telford scored a coup for his Berlin property company, Next Estate, when he nabbed Ai Weiwei as the Chinese art superstar happened to be passing(...)

Oscar Wilde  wrote to the Daily Chronicle about the dismissal of one of Reading Gaol’s warders for giving a young child, imprisoned for poaching rabbits, a biscuit.

“Where there is sorrow,” wrote Oscar Wilde in De Profundis, the long letter he wrote in Reading Gaol, “there is holy ground.” Sites of suffering can (...)

Policemen stand behind Lin Ru, the wife of civil rights lawyer Xia Lin, as she talks to media near a Beijing court on Thursday after her husband was sentenced to 12 years in prison on fraud charges. Photograph:  Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Beijing lawyer Xia Lin, whose clients include the artist Ai Weiwei, became the latest human rights activist to go to jail in China after he was senten(...)

Exterior of the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Photograph: Henrik Kam/courtesy SFMOMA

The US is home to some of the world’s greatest modern art galleries. In New York there is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Guggenheim. In Chic(...)

Fergal McCarthy, wife Christine and son Dash with their Kombivan Applejack in Kilcunda

Cursing loudly and repeatedly at the mercurial gear stick of a hired VW Kombi van was perhaps not the dream start I had imagined to our retro Austral(...)

President Xi Jinping at the closing ceremony of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference  in Beijing: the open article published online called for his resignation. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

An outspoken Chinese journalist has apparently gone missing as he was about to fly to Hong Kong, and activists suspect a connection between his disapp(...)

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