The Artist As Activist

Ai Weiwei has been prevented from seeing his own show:

Alyssa reviewed the Hirshhorn exhibition several weeks ago:

It’s a tremendous show, and a sharp rebuke not just to the Chinese government and to anyone who dismisses Ai as a simple political activist, but to the idea that art and politics somehow occupy separate spheres. Art doesn’t lose any of its dignity when it’s applied to protest. And politics is not somehow exempt from the powerful examination that comes from the outside perspectives of artists.