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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Culture Grab: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released on bail, Nine minutes of chocolate and more

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After more than two months of detention, Ai Weiwei, "China's most famous artist," was released on bail. The mingle of tax evasion, political activism and an international outcry is hard to decipher, but you can read more from the Guardian and see what you make of it. [Guardian]

Given the recent passionate mishmash surrounding state art funding in Georgia, it is inevitable that other places around the globe are going through the same maze. Tracey Emin's London exhibition 'Love Is What You Want' stirred up just that exact debate. Emin's art "earns praise, and her embrace of Britain's Conservative-led government fans debate," according to the Los Angeles Times. Will there be a British shift to a more American-style philanthropic support for the arts? [Los Angeles Times]

"Four times larger than that of the Whitney"—what could that be? And the Walton empire is behind it? Give me the news! Find out how art will reach the public with the aid of Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam, as well as the third richest woman in the world. [The New Yorker]

It's very Southern, very thought-provoking and very green. A close resemblance can be found in Julio Cortázar's "House Taken Over" (Casa tomada). To find out more read Burnaway's review of the "Hortus Occultus" exhibition. [Burnaway]

Which team do you belong to? Ballet or Hip hop? Neither? Well, Atlanta might soon have something for your pampered taste. Lonnie Davis, who was appointed co-artistic director of the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, is the one to be looking out for. If all goes well, the Kansas City-based company will make Atlanta its second home in the next couple of years. Davis says Atlanta’s talent pool is overflowing, but its the dough that's missing from Atlanta's modern dance scene. And the legacy of the Wylliams/Henry Company? "To reach broad audiences and to keep a polished, professional level of classic modern and contemporary dance alive in Atlanta." [Arts Critic ATL]

Being drenched in liquid chocolate may seem awkward, but watching it on video boosts the scale of awkwardness. And yet that is exactly how you can spend over nine minutes of your precious time. [Huffington Post]

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