Tag Archives: Feier Lai

For Whom (and What) Does an Artist Truly Perform?

What does artist Ai Weiwei’s complex identity as an activist mean for artists campaigning on human rights   There were two years, 2011 and 2015, that well-known Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, appeared near the top of Art Review’s “Power 100,” a ranking of the most influential people in the contemporary art world. Both years happened to coincide with events connected to his arrest by the …

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Speakeasy

There is a tiny room in Chicago that everyone wants to enter. Thousands of artists are trying to break into a space that only has room for ten. Competition exists wherever there is an excess demand for resources and opportunities. The problem in the art world is that certain types of competition are artificially eliminated. Artists compete to be seen but institutions do not, and these institutions …

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