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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 […]

Ai Weiwei and 30 tons of buttons? The possibilities are endless…

Have you ever wondered how many buttons are in a ton? Fair, me either. However, it’s somewhere around 9 million. As of a few days ago, it seems artist Ai Weiwei may be interested in not just one but thirty tons. That means, he might be adding buttons to the ranks of Legos and ceramic sunflower seeds, […]

Ai Weiwei’s segment pulled from ‘Berlin, I Love You’

In 2015, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who is now based in Berlin, worked remotely directing a portion of Berlin, I Love You, an anthology style film. When the movie was released in the US recently, though, there was something missing: every bit of Ai’s segment. When Ai began working on his contribution to the Cities […]

Ai Weiwei has 3 exhibitions in Los Angeles this autumn

Ai Weiwei’s sojourn in Los Angeles will begin with three simultaneous exhibitions, fitting for an artist whose commentary on the global refugee crisis has brought him worldwide renown. His shows are ongoing at the Marciano, the Jeffrey Deitch gallery, and the UTA Artist Space. This autumn, LA will enjoy the most comprehensive display of Weiwei’s work that the city […]