From Kim McKenzie Galvez: On Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei

Sculptor Anish Kapoor has condemned China's "barbaric" detention of artist Ai Weiwei and has called on galleries to close for a day in protest. Ai - an outspoken critic of China's human rights record - has not been heard from since he was arrested in Beijing at the start of April. Kapoor has dedicated his monumental Leviathan art installation in Paris, unveiled on Tuesday, to Ai. Artists must speak with "a communal voice", he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

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La Gelateria, by Davide D'Alessandro

gelato, that most simple, small, and affordable item of gastronomic art, is a fundamental part of the dolce vita. Few things, big or little, so easily inject us with happiness and evoke a smile of satisfaction. Have it often, certainly daily, while in Italy. 

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Scottish Stones, part I, by Kenneth Radu

“I tell you. I fell in love with a tree. I couldn’t not. It was in blossom. It was a day like other days and I was on my way to work, walking the same way as usual between our house and the town” (Ali Smith).

Well, I fell in love with Scotland. I couldn’t not, although flowering trees had little to do with it. 



 

 

 

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