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Ai Weiwei Tweets About Kim Jong-il

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Ai Weiwei has been tweeting all day about the death of Kim Jong-il. The first message was about Wukan, a small village in southeast China that has broken into revolt after Chinese authorities sold land to real estate developers without adequately compensating the villagers:

“Do Wukan people know Kim Jong Il is no more?” Read More

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Ai Weiwei’s Activism as Performance Art

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Today, the Associated Press called Ai Weiwei’s legal battle with the Chinese government over a $2.4 million tax bill the artist’s “latest provocative piece.” Yep. It’s a case of the ol’ living-as-performance art schtick. Mr. Ai himself said his ongoing battle  “has become a social performance.” Read More

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Morning Links: David Hockney, Miranda July, Ultimate Fighting Edition

"We Two Boys Together Clinging" (1961) by David Hockney. (Courtesy the artist)

Author and artist Miranda July is selling vaguely artistic curios at the pop-up store Partners & Spade over on Great Jones Street. [AnimalNY]

Martin Gayford, chief art critic for Bloomberg Muse, has written a book about David Hockney that focuses, at least in part, on the artist’s iPad drawings. [Bloomberg]

On the difficulties of marketing Jesus at the Detroit Institute of Art. [Detroit Free Press] Read More