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  1. May 30, 2014

    Three current Ai Weiwei exhibitions display his wit and courage

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park has a strange new tree. Solid yet graceful, inspired by the street vendors of Jingdezhen in...

  2. May 29, 2014

    Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei’s contribution to Documenta 2007 was to invite 1,001 Chinese citizens to Kassel, drawing the attention of the...

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    Hong Kong is still an attractive place to work, but it is grappling with a number of p...
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  1. May 9, 2014

    Interview: Christopher Doyle

    A poet behind the camera, cinematographer Christopher Doyle is known for his fast living and straight talking. Born in...

  2. May 6, 2014

    Tiananmen anniversary sparks China crackdown

    Chinese authorities have intensified a crackdown on dissent by formally detaining a prominent human rights lawyer, a month...

  3. April 11, 2014

    China’s design playground gives world’s top architects free rein

    China architecture When the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Wang Shu was asked to build a villa by an ambitious Chinese...

  4. December 27, 2013

    Miami’s Pérez Art Museum celebrates the work of Ai Weiwei

    The freshly opened Pérez Art Museum in Miami delivers a dramatic statement before you even go through its doors to see...

  5. December 6, 2013

    The Art Market: Art Basel Miami Beach, China auctions and Rembrandt still unsold

    The annual art-fashion-luxury-goods-party-party-party fest that is Art Basel Miami Beach has been in full swing in Florida...

  6. November 17, 2013

    Contemporary art scene comes of age

    Visitors to the West Kowloon waterfront promenade this June will have been greeted by a large heap of excrement. But this...

  7. October 16, 2013

    Island, Dairy Art Centre, London – review

    Thirty years after his Brave New World, the novelist Aldous Huxley framed his last novel in 1962 as a kind of companion...

  8. FT Alphaville

    October 16, 2013

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Your graphical clownshow… now with more pacman. - Banksy, Bell, bubbles and Fama - Sveriges...

  9. October 6, 2013

    Li Songsong: We Have Betrayed the Revolution, Pace Gallery, London – review

    Li told me at the opening of this superb first UK solo show that his title refers not only to political/ideological betrayal...

  10. September 20, 2013

    Zeng Fanzhi: A wealth of art in China

    It was 1998 and Zeng Fanzhi was struggling to find somewhere to display his paintings. The market for modern Chinese art...

  11. June 21, 2013

    Balance of soft power

    I came out of the Underground on a warmish evening this week, and stumbled into a demonstration. The protesters were from...

  12. May 29, 2013

    Chimerica, Almeida Theatre, London – review

    Benedict Wong seems to have cornered the market in being interrogated in compact boxes centre stage. Directly after playing...

  13. FT Photo Diary

    May 29, 2013

    Installation called 'Bang' by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

    Stefano Rellandini/Reuters Visitors looks at the installation called ‘Bang’ by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at the German...

  14. May 27, 2013

    Ai Weiwei, S.A.C.R.E.D., Venice Biennale – review

    In the spring of 2011, just after his release from illegal detention in Beijing, I interviewed Ai Weiwei about the 81 days...

  15. May 24, 2013

    The lagoon show

    The International Art Exhibition of the City of Venice, as its inaugural edition in 1895 was known, was the first such event...

  16. The World

    May 22, 2013

    Ai Weiwei: the Greatest Hits edition

    Evidently, Ai Weiwei is not one to let 81 days in jail keep him quiet. China’s most famous dissident has just released a...

  17. May 17, 2013

    Ploughing a new furrow

    A local perspective on the global force that is the west’s modern art history: this is one way of describing what Chinese...

  18. FT Photo Diary

    May 16, 2013

    Ai Weiwei installation

    Kin Cheung/AP Point of discussion: staff chat in front of the latest sculpture installation from Ai Weiwei, the Chinese...

  19. beyondbrics

    May 10, 2013

    Ai Weiwei takes aim at China's formula milk scandals

    The quality of Chinese infant milk is not just an issue for mothers and the market – now Ai Weiwei, the artist Beijing most...

  20. April 18, 2013

    #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, Hampstead Theatre, London – review

    The Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei shuffles forward in the airport queue and hands the official his passport. The man...

  21. March 14, 2013

    Xi Jinping selection shrouded in secrecy

    Over a period of just 12 hours two of the world’s most powerful institutions, the Roman Catholic Church and the Chinese...

  22. February 18, 2013

    Chinese leadership to reform gulags

    Pu Zhiqiang has been hospitalised for three days to stabilise his blood sugar, but the prominent Chinese human rights lawyer...

  23. January 21, 2013

    The Weibo generation can reboot China

    China’s fifth generation leader, Xi Jinping, has inherited economic power and prestige for the country from Hu Jintao. Mr Xi...

  24. November 30, 2012

    All the fun of the fairs

    Art Miami December 4-9 www.art-miami.com One of the largest satellite fairs, Art Miami boasts “Banksy out of Context”, five...

  25. November 30, 2012

    Balancing act

    It has finally happened – a solo exhibition of a Chinese artist whose power and interest does not depend on Chinese themes...

  26. November 23, 2012

    Book of defiance

    Ai Weiwei is the most important artist working in the most interesting country in the world right now. If he is finding it a...

  27. The World

    October 25, 2012

    Ai Weiwei, in the style of Gangnam

    Ok, it’s not classic World blog material, but the continuing rise of Gangnam Style, South Korea’s biggest musical export, is...

  28. October 19, 2012

    Cause célèbre on Capitol Hill

    It’s election season in the United States and even the art world is turning to matters political. Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra...

  29. FT Tech Hub

    October 18, 2012

    Twitter's first local block silences neo-Nazis in Germany

    In January, Twitter sparked an outcry when it announced a modification to its famous maxim that the “tweets must flow”. The...

  30. October 3, 2012

    Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao, Asia Society, New York

    The snip, snip, snip of scissors fills the silent space. Titanic blades hover on a floating screen, hacking at a curtain of...

  31. September 27, 2012

    Chinese court upholds $2.4m Ai tax fine

    BEIJING, September 27 – A Chinese court upheld a $2.4m tax evasion fine against China’s most famous dissident Ai Weiwei on...

  32. September 7, 2012

    Flesh, blood and spinning silkworms

    Veering between brutality and sweetness, ineffable peace and shattering disturbance, a world beyond material desire and an...

  33. August 24, 2012

    China’s great wall of doubt

    Considering that their nation is preparing so stealthily to dominate the future, China’s artists seem strangely anxious...

  34. August 20, 2012

    Pussy Riot can rock the Kremlin to its foundations

    Congratulations Vladimir Putin. Just four months back in the Kremlin and you have inflicted the worst blow to Russia’s...

  35. August 9, 2012

    Celts, kilts and a pixel porridge

    Where do artists belong in the world today? Should they root themselves in their own countries as painters, writers,...

  36. beyondbrics

    July 27, 2012

    [video] Ai Weiwei interview

    Ai Weiwei, one of China’s leading contemporary artists and outspoken critics of the government, talks to the FT’s Leslie...

  37. July 20, 2012

    Ai Weiwei tax fine upheld in Chinese court

    A Chinese court has upheld a Rmb15m ($2.4m) tax fine against Ai Weiwei, the artist whose outspoken comments and provocative...

  38. beyondbrics

    July 20, 2012

    London headlines

    * World braced for new food crisis * Emerging market bond sales gather pace * China’s Hu pledges $20bn in loans to African...

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