Ai Weiwei

7:35am

Sun May 1, 2011
Fine Art

Ai Weiwei's Artwork Travels, Despite Detainment

On Monday, 12 large sculptures by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will be unveiled in New York, but the whereabouts of their creator remain unknown.

Ai was taken into custody by Chinese authorities nearly a month ago and, according to his family, the government still has not told them where he is or why he was taken.

Ai has always been outspoken in both his art and his life, but recent events in China and the Middle East have brought greater government scrutiny to one of the country's best known artists.

A Visit With Ai Weiwei

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11:26am

Sat April 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Art And Consequence: A Talk With China's Controversial Ai Weiwei

This Sunday, at Chinese embassies all over world, protesters are planning a global sit-in to protest the detention of the internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ai was taken into custody by Chinese authorities nearly two weeks ago for what government officials now say are questions about his finances.

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2:00am

Mon April 4, 2011
Asia

China Detains Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a prolific tweeter – including tweeting the three occasions last week police visited his Beijing studio, complete with photos
Andy Wong AP

As China presses on with its harshest crackdown in years, one of its most famous artists has been blocked from leaving the country. Artist Ai Weiwei is best-known for helping design Beijing's Olympic stadium, known as the Birds Nest. He was taken into detention at Beijing airport yesterday morning, as he tried to travel to Hong Kong – and onto to Taipei - and has not been heard from since, the highest profile victim yet of Beijing's latest clampdown.

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