Ai Weiwei's "Bang" @ 2013 Venice Art Biennale

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 10, 2013
In the last several weeks Ai Weiwei has produced several new artworks, from a heavy metal music video, a large-scale diorama depicting his imprisonment, to an installation of 150 tons of straightened rebar taken from schools that had collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. He also designed the cover for Time Magazine. At the 2013 Venice Art Biennale, Weiwei produced another installation, this once featuring 886 antique wooden stools!

Liu Bolin's Gun Rack Performance

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 07, 2013
The one and only Liu Bolin (aka The Invisible Man) recently performed a pre-show performance entitled Gun Rack at Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery in New York. The show, Mask, opened at the gallery today. More photos and a video after the jump!

Heatherwick Studio's UK Pavilion @ Shanghai Expo 2010

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
We were browsing the interwebs (we do a lot of that) and happened upon a photograph of Thomas Heatherwick's UK Pavilion from the Shanghai Expo 2010. This led us to discover many of Heatherwick studio's other projects as well! So, this morning we bring you a collection of their work and a video about the very cool looking UK Pavilion.

Books: "Republic" by Ren Hang

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A few weeks ago we featured the photographs of Chinese artist Ren Hang. The controversial photographer, whose work is banned throughout most of his native country, has a new book entitled Republic for sale. Le Journal de la Photographie had a short conversation with the artist about his new book, providing us with some wonderful thoughts on censorship and nudity.

Ai WeiWei Releases Heavy Metal Music Video

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This morning rebel/activist/dissident/badass Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released a heavy metal single and music video on his website. The video and song, entitled Dumbass, features re-creations from his 81 days of detention. Also portraying the rock star fantasies he imagines his guards having, Ai Weiwei told the Guardian that his country was one of "crazy menace and inhuman conditions" and that the video shows an "inch-accurate" recreation of the cell, down to the wallpaper. "...stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker. The fields are full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere... Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible." - Dumbass

Photographs by Ren Hang

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 17, 2013
Beijing-based photographer Ren Hang's images are uncensored, erotic, dirty, raw, somewhat deranged... you get the point. His work is censored in China but he has a growling list of international shows. He's pretty badass and doesn't seem to have a limit, and the images we chose are even toned down a bit compared to some of the others on his website which you should check out. They cast light on an otherwise shadowy Chinese underground youth culture, where lust and indulgence run as rampant as anywhere else in the world

Caution: Penis Under Construction

Street Art // Monday, May 06, 2013
China’s position on censorship is undoubtedly strong on a range of serious and silly issues, so it’s surprising that the world’s largest penis is currently being “erected” there. Well, no purposely. Some scaffolding and a certain angle can create an interesting perspective when looking at the future headquarters for the Chinese newspaper, The People’s Daily. Predictably, photos of the building have been censored many places online, particularly in China. 

Illustrations by Siyu Chen

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This morning we take a look at the work of Chinese illustrator Siyu Chen. Currently living in Germany, Siyu works designing books, magazines, and newspapers after receiving her MFA at The School of Visual Arts.

The 30th Annual Weifang International Kite Festival

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Every year in Weifang, in the Shandong province of China, an international kite festival kicks off attracting worldwide attention. The festival has been hosted there by one of the three main kite-making schools in china since 1984. Chinese and foreign kite master perform stunts and spectacles to amuse thousands of visitors. This year will be the 9th 'World Kite Championships,' with teams representing dozens of countries participating. 

Preston Scott Cohen's "DaTong Library" is Under Construction

Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 20, 2013
Boston-based designer and architect Preston Scott Cohen's design for the Datong Library in China is currently under construction. The 'grand architectural gesture' is a book ramp, which ties four floors of books together. Aircraft design software was used to realize a complex skin that envelopes the 'dramatically soaring tectonic form.'

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