Art and Conscience | Ai Weiwei

‘Trace’ Ai Weiwei@Large

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Ai Weiwei stands as an artist of exceptional personal integrity whose story is an extraordinary one to say the least.

I’ve admired his work and practice since I first saw some installation shots in 1999.

This year sees him installing works in the notorious Alcatraz prison as part of the @Large exhibition organized by For-Site. His installation ‘Trace’ consists of 176 portraits of political exiles and prisoners of conscience put together using a staggering 1.2 million Lego pieces. Out of the things that so many children have used to build and manipulate imaginative scenarios and environments Ai Weiwei constructs a tableau that serves to remind us of those who have either been imprisoned or exiled for actively resisting or exposing the wiles of oppressive regimes.

Read the full story here

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Art and the Middle East Conflict

Gaza Strip — The images of so many houses destroyed, so many bomb blasts, even so many bodies wrapped in burial shrouds can begin to blur together, indistinguishable. But Belal Khaled, a young photojournalist and painter in this southern Gaza town, saw symbols and stories in the smoke all around him…….

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Read the full article from KHAN YOUNIS here

Art + Jazz

Here are some interesting and quintessential album covers influenced by Modern Art aesthetic.

The delicate relationship between art and music is given the full treatment in this article 

Abstract: Jazz Uncovered

Read the full article here at BBC Arts