Ai Weiwei Regains His Voice on Google Plus, a Gagosian Alum's Innovative New Gallery, MoMA's Swinging Singles Night, and the Week's Other Top Art Stories

Ai Weiwei Regains His Voice on Google Plus, a Gagosian Alum's Innovative New Gallery, MoMA's Swinging Singles Night, and the Week's Other Top Art Stories
"POWHIDA," Guy Liliberte, and Ai Weiwei
(Photo by Micah Schmidt / Courtesy of Getty Images / Courtesy of Google+)

The most-talked-about stories on ARTINFO, July 25-29, 2011:

– Ai Weiwei knows how to stir things up on social media, so the revelation that he had joined Google's new Google+ service was big news — he even posted the list of items confiscated by police from his studio. Meanwhile, an artifact of pre-social-media days by the artist surfaced: a heretofore unpublished 1985 manifesto for Chinese art.

– In London, former Gagosian London gallery director Pilar Ordovas is launching her own sparkling new Savile Row gallery.

– Amsterdam's De Appel art center has initiated a new "crash course" in how to run an art gallery for would-be dealers.

– We had "18 Questions for Kyle DeWoody," who has just launched a new online art commerce Web site Grey Area, along with a Hamptons pop-up shop.

– Ashton Cooper headed to "Singles Night" at MoMA, the relational-aesthetics-experiment-cum-meat-market put on by art group Grand Openings.

– The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is showcasing Helmut Newton's risqué photography.

– Frank Gehry's ultramodern project in Arles, France came to a screeching halt as the French National Commission for Historical Sites and Monuments denied permits for two of the buildings.

– Kyle Chayka inaugurated his new column, "Net Work," by taking a look at Eyebeam's new show, an experiment in guerrilla digital art.

Guy Laliberté — the man behind Cirque du Soleil — released a new book of photographs he had taken of the Earth during his recent journey into space. And yes, you read that right.

Ben Davis looked at Vladimir Tatlin's iconic "Monument to the Third International" — a model of the tower is just closing at Chelsea's Tony Shafrazi gallery — reading the meaning of the work against the politics of its day.

– Artist William Powhida opened a somewhat confounding new show at Marlborough, a performance starring an actor playing his double "POWHIDA" (all caps).

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– Finally, our IN THE AIR blog reported on the Gwangju Biennale's announcement of a six-person team of international curators for 2012, and Gagosian Rome's plans for a show of Dan Colen's "Trash."  

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