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Where activism and art intersect

Activism takes on many forms. Currently, the world is watching as thousands band together to call for justice and reform after a white police officer in Minneapolis murdered George Floyd, a black man accused of using a counterfeit bank note, as three other officers stood by idly. In cities across the US and elsewhere, people […]

Ai Weiwei creates poignant mask series in response to pandemic to raise money for humanitarian charities

Face masks are a new staple in life. Gone are the days when they were simply a tool used by people in the medical field. Instead, they have cropped up in the most rural of places, become mandatory in many public spaces, and created a mobile safety blanket of sorts for those going out for […]

Artist highlight: JR, the anonymous street artist shedding light on the invisible

Who is JR? Well, frankly, we don’t really know who he. On the spectrum of the highly-elusive Banksy to the often in the media Ai Weiwei, JR is somewhere in the middle. He doesn’t shy away from an interview or a public appearance, necessarily, but JR always wears a hat and sunglasses to keep identity […]

Ai Weiwei wins case against Volkswagen for the use of his work against his will

On July 17th, a court in Copenhagen sided with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in a legal dispute against Volkswagen. The court determined that Volkswagen’s Danish distributor Skandinavisk Motor used Weiwei’s sculptural installation Soleil Levant (2017) in an advertisement in a manner that violated the artist’s intellectual property by not obtaining permission from Weiwei […]

An abrupt end to a dream job at the Serpentine Galleries

When Yana Peel took the reigns at London’s Serpentine Galleries in 2016, she said it was her dream job. Three years later, she is being forced to resign after a public outcry over her dubious business relations. The former Goldman Sachs banker resigned as chief executive last week right before the opening of the Serpentine […]

Anish Kapoor to exhibit at China’s Imperial Ancestral Temple

Anish Kapoor is one of the UK’s more popular and controversial artists. On one hand, he’s won over the hearts of millions who have flocked to Chicago to see Cloud Gate, the 2006 metallic, bean-shaped installation that warps the sky and all around you that’s lovingly called ‘The Bean.’ On the other, he’s been the […]

Ai Weiwei is suing Volkswagen for using his work without permission

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is taking German automaker Volkswagen to court in Denmark for copyright infringement after his work appeared in an an advertisement published in 2017 without his permission. The ad, which featured an orange car, used his installation Soleil Levant (2017) as a backdrop. The installation was created using 3,500 discarded orange life jackets used […]