Ai Weiwei: "Wonderful dissident, terrible artist"

In The New Republic, Jed Perl writes about Ai Weiwei: the man, the activist, the artist. "The trouble with most critiques of political art is that they pay too much attention to the politics. This is not to say that an artist's politics do not matter; not at all. But the great challenge today, at least for those who find themselves in a museum wanting to take full advantage of what an art museum has to offer, is how deeply the artist is exploring the means that are available. Therein lies artistic freedom." (HT: @tobinharshaw)