Ai Weiwei

Nightmarish automated children’s Youtube cartoons, Assassin’s Creed architecture and the Gay Right to the City: what to read this weekend

Japan’s growing number of art festivals tread a precarious path between state-sponsored leisure-culture and soft-power machinery

New Orleans Museum of Art acquires works from Souls Grown Deep Foundation; Ai Weiwei joins calls for the release of Liu Xiaobo; Lala Rukh has died

Colin Siyuan Chinnery considers the development of China’s non-profit sector and its relationship with the international art scene

The Antarctic Biennale suffers an early setback, while Peter Doig prevails in bizarre authentication case

To celebrate frieze’s quarter century, the editors choose 25 key artworks: one for each year of the magazine’s existence

David Hammons, Roman Homeless, 1990, mixed media, 97 × 114 × 30 cm. Courtesy: The George Economou Collection, Athens © David Hammons; photograph: Natalia Tsoukala 

A round-up of the best current shows in the Greek capital

The Smithsonian is set to collaborate with London's V&A Museum and Ai Weiwei signs to a talent agency

James Richards will represent Wales at Venice and Yuri Pattison wins the Frieze Artist Award

Ai Weiwei, Wang Family Ancestral Hall, 2015, photographic print, 1.3 x 2.2 m

Galleria Continua & Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Ai Weiwei, Surveillance Camera, 2010, marble, installation view

Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

Art has a long history of engagement with politics. Does recent so-called socially engaged or political art really effect change?