When global art icons compare notes: Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor sit to chat (and more news from the world of art)

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Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor in conversation | Via Al Jazeera on YouTube

A SUMMARY OF THE MOST EXCITING ART NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!

An ‘Unscripted’ chat featuring Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor

Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor in conversation | Via Al Jazeera on YouTube

Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential living artists and activists, known for addressing human rights and freedom of expression issues through his work. His memoir: 1000 Years of Joy and Sorrows, shares his family story of growing up in China. Sculptor and installation artist Anish Kapoor has created large-scale artworks across the globe that challenge us to engage subjectively with them, including Cloud Gate in Chicago and the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London. The two global icons compare notes on freedom of expression, how art can challenge power, and what subversive art looks like today, in Part 1 of this recording with Al Jazeera on YouTube.

 

10-year-old artist sells out gallery at prestigious art fair, sells work to Sofia Vergara

10-year-old Andres Valencia with his art | Via ABC 7

Miami Art Week draws in celebrities, collectors and the most talented artists from around the world — including 10-year-old Andres Valencia. The child artist’s gallery sold out at Art Miami, his first show.  The San Diego-based painter simply saw a film about American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and told his parents, “I can do that.” Actress Sophia Vergara bought one of his pieces this week and Channing Tatum, Jordan Belfort, and artist Shepard Fairey stopped by his booth at the Art Miami fair to check out his work, according to a spokesperson for Chase Contemporary. ABC 7 reports.

 

The art museum between North and South Korea — where the curator wears a bulletproof vest

The exterior of Unimaru. Ministry of Unification | Via CNN

The Unimaru museum rests on the DMZ, or Korean Demilitarized Zone, a no-man’s-land along the 38th parallel which divides North and South Korea. Its inaugural exhibition, titled “2021 DMZ Art and Peace Platform,” featured 34 artworks by 32 artists and opened in September 2021. Prior to becoming a museum, Unimaru was a customs clearinghouse, where visitors went through security screening before being allowed to visit the DMZ from 2003 to 2007. Due to both security and coronavirus concerns, visitor numbers are intentionally kept small. One of the most striking installations is an empty frame that represents where the museum hopes to someday display work from North Korean artists. CNN brings you all the details.

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