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Ai Weiwei Reconsiders Himself

Ai Weiwei Reconsiders Himself

WHEN CHINESE AUTHORITIES placed controversial artist Ai Weiwei under 24/7 police surveillance in 2011, they unwittingly transformed him from an artist relatively unknown to the general public into a r...

Building Beyond Capitalism

Building Beyond Capitalism

GORBACHEV has come and gone, Yeltsin has done his bit, and Putin is perfecting the transformation of his homeland from the mother of all communist-worker states to the father of all nationalist, oliga...

A Visit to the City of Dada

A Visit to the City of Dada

WHAT WAS DADA? The term paper definition might describe it as a between-the-wars avant-garde art movement started with the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland, whose challenge to Victorian cultura...

A View from Alcatraz: For Ahmed Douma

A View from Alcatraz: For Ahmed Douma

Any artist who isn’t an activist is a dead artist. — Ai Weiwei In the past four decades, following a half century of stability, the portion of the U.S. population in prison or jail has more than...

Sunshine of Absolute Neglect

Sunshine of Absolute Neglect

IN 1992, Dave Hickey, America’s leading heterodox art critic, memoirist, and provocateur, was given a tour of the architectural drawing studio at Cornell. The building is a low stone shed. The stude...

The Destruction of Art and Antiquities in Our Time

The Destruction of Art and Antiquities in Our Time

IN MARCH, I attended a demonstration urging US military intervention to protect endangered antiquities in Iraq. My banner read, “Destroying the world’s most ancient culture is a crime against huma...

Recognizing Complicity

Recognizing Complicity

The following essay is part of the Los Angeles Review of Books special series “No Crisis”: a look at the state of critical thinking and writing — literary interpretation, art history, and cult...