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Ai Weiwei: Artist, political dissident...hairstylist?

His art often functions as a critique of the Chinese government, but what kind of message is Ai Weiwei trying to send by giving people bad haircuts?

Last week, bejingcream.com blogger Anthony Tao found himself on the receiving end of electric clippers wielded by the dissident Chinese artist – who was the subject of Alison Klayman’s Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry — at a restaurant in the Bejing suburb of Caochangdi. In a post about the event, Tao recalls asking Ai what kind of look he should expect. Ai’s answer: “The kind that will make you want to cry… It won’t be boring.”

The amateur barber’s work isn’t boring (nor is it good) but it becomes clear that Tao’s stylized new coiffure is more likely the result of a creative choice, rather than a lack of experience. “I’ve given hundreds,” Ai tells Tao of his reputation for giving notoriously bad haircuts. “I could make a book out of it.”

Why did Tao volunteer for what he must have known would be a hack job?

The blogger writes: “At the risk of reading way too much into this, perhaps that’s the wry, mischievous reasoning behind his deliberately woeful haircuts: because he knows you — you – will appreciate it, since it came from him. It’s why you’ll wear it for a day, a week, a month after the fact, looking ridiculous because no one else understands the context. You know, however. You got a haircut from Ai Weiwei.”

Watch the video of Tao’s hair makeover — in which the world-renowned chef Jose Andres can be heard lamenting that, while Ai demonstrates the art of barbering, the special dinner he has prepared for him is getting cold — after the jump.  READ FULL STORY

Naked painting of 'Golden Girls' star Bea Arthur could fetch millions at auction

A topless painting of Bea Arthur is expected to fetch between $1.8-$2.5 million when it hits the auction block at the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale in New York City tonight.

John Currin’s 1991 portrait, called “Bea Arthur Naked,” depicts Arthur around the time she starred as a middle-aged politically liberal suburban woman in the 1970s sitcom Maude.

Click on to see the full portrait. (Warning: NSFW)  READ FULL STORY

Kimye and more stars who hit Miami for Art Basel, 50 years of Stones concerts and more

See Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Demi Moore and her stray cat, Owen Wilson and Vera Wang and more celebrity highlights from Art Basel. [The Daily Beast]

Look back at 50 years of Rolling Stones live shows — more than 1,300 — with this cool interactive concert map. [Mashable]

The White House has officially joined Pinterest, posting a holiday card starring Presidential pup Bo. [The White House Blog]

Move over Victoria’s Secret! Stella McCartney was the most searched-for fashion label in the UK according to Google’s 2012 Zeitgeist list. [Telegraph UK]

Star stylist and E! Fashion Police panelist George Kotsiopoulos has inked a deal to write a style guide titled Glamorous by George. [Hollywood Reporter]

Former Hills star Kristin Cavallari has unveiled her new shoe line. [MTV Style]

Read more:
Kim Kardashian’s Kraziest Klothes
The Rolling Stones live in Brooklyn: On the scene
‘Les Miserables’ Fashion Face-Off: Anne Hathaway vs. Amanda Seyfried

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