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June 6, 2013
timemagazine:

This week’s TIME cover story, which is illustrated by the artist-activist Ai Weiwei, examines China’s place in the world.Read a preview of the story here.(Art by Ai Weiwei for TIME, Typography by Post Typography)

Great cover, one of Time’s best recent ones.

timemagazine:

This week’s TIME cover story, which is illustrated by the artist-activist Ai Weiwei, examines China’s place in the world.

Read a preview of the story here.

(Art by Ai Weiwei for TIME, Typography by Post Typography)

Great cover, one of Time’s best recent ones.

10:21 // 10 months ago
December 5, 2011
newsweek:

A reader/supporter in Amsterdam sent Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who wrote about his detention for Newsweek last month, a postcard! Its contents shall remain unpublished—we’re forwarding this to Ai himself—but we wanted to share the postcard because it’s pretty cool: wood, Crayola markers, and 10 “Nederland” stamps.

That is awesome.

newsweek:

A reader/supporter in Amsterdam sent Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who wrote about his detention for Newsweek last month, a postcard! Its contents shall remain unpublished—we’re forwarding this to Ai himself—but we wanted to share the postcard because it’s pretty cool: wood, Crayola markers, and 10 “Nederland” stamps.

That is awesome.

18:20 // 2 years ago
November 6, 2011

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, stuck with huge tax bill, gets huge donations

  • $2.4M the size of the fine China gave to firebrand artist Ai Weiwei — to be paid in just 15 days
  • 20k number of people who have offered Weiwei donations to help pay this insane tax bill
  • $550k amount of money these people have given the artist in just five days; impressive source

» This on top of a long arrest earlier this year: Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in jail on tax evasion charges, but claims all authorities wanted to talk about was his pro-democracy record. The fine Ai has been forced to pay is more than three times the size of his tax bill — and he needs help paying. The surprising part is that he actually got said help. “It’s surprising; it has really changed my perspective on people,” he said, noting that people traveled long distances to give him financial help — in person. Ai prefers to think of the payments as loans, and turned down a $157,000 payment from a businessman, saying he preferred smaller loans.

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21:21 // 2 years ago
September 2, 2011
Journalistically, you know you’re doing the right thing when the Chinese censors tear up your magazine.
China censors Ai Wei Wei’s Newsweek interview • Love this quote. Spot-on. (via cheatsheet)

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11:15 // 2 years ago
June 26, 2011
Chinese dissident Hu Jia freed after three-year jail term: The Chinese dissident, shown with his wife Zeng Jinyan, has remained quiet since his release … much like fellow freed dissident Ai Weiwei, who refuses to answer questions. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Chinese dissident Hu Jia freed after three-year jail term: The Chinese dissident, shown with his wife Zeng Jinyan, has remained quiet since his release … much like fellow freed dissident Ai Weiwei, who refuses to answer questions. source

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10:57 // 2 years ago
June 22, 2011

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei earns rare reprieve from prison

Receiving bail for any reason is a rarity in China, so he’s lucky. In Weiwei’s case, he confessed to committing tax evasion, which many activists claim is untrue. The world-famous artist, noted for his criticism of the country’s Communist Party, is out of jail as a result, but on a form of probation that doesn’t allow him to leave or talk to anyone. “I’m sorry I can’t (talk), I am on probation, please understand,” Ai told the Associated Press. Experts have said that international pressure is the only reason authorities released him (well, along with some health problems). Meanwhile, Weiwei, who says officials treated him well in prison, isn’t the only dissident forced to keep quiet after coming out of jail — hundreds of other outspoken opponents of the Chinese government have kept quiet after their arrests. source

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15:30 // 2 years ago
soupsoup:

FLASH: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released on bail -Xinhua

soupsoup:

FLASH: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released on bail -Xinhua

10:48 // 2 years ago
April 7, 2011
[It is my] understanding the public security authorities are investigating Ai Weiwei according to law on suspicion of economic crimes… This has nothing to do with human rights or freedom of expression.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei • Seeking to dismiss claims that his government arrested famed artist and dissident Ai Weiwei for political reasons, at a news conference. Weiwei’s family (in addition, frankly, to most everyone else) isn’t buying it. Chinese law states that officials must notify the family of an arrested citizen within 24 hours of the detention, and Ai’s wife has heard nothing: “As of 8 A.M. today, it has been 96 hours since Ai Weiwei was taken away from Beijing airport, and I haven’t heard a single word about him.” source (viafollow)
13:19 // 3 years ago
April 5, 2011
Western capitals are failing to understand the magnitude of what is happening now. The Chinese authorities are actively seeking to try to redefine the boundaries of which opinions are tolerable, and which are not.
Nicholas Bequelin, researcher for Human Rights Watch in China • Speaking on the grim state of Chinese affairs, in the wake of the arrest of famed artist and dissident Ai Weiwei. He argues that the Chinese’s tightening grip over the citizenry indicates a meaningful shift towards more abject totalitarianism. Bequelin added: “We know for certain that there are lawyers who haven’t been arrested, but have been clearly threatened. They’ve been told ‘the gloves are off, we can do anything we like now’. One was informed that ‘the party has special ways to deal with people like you’.” source (viafollow)
13:50 // 3 years ago
April 3, 2011
kateoplis:

Chinese artist, philosopher, architect, photographer, and one of the Chinese Government’s most prominent internal critics, Ai Weiwei, has been arrested today. The above text is from his Tumblr, where his tweets are translated to English. This is not Ai’s first arrest; he was placed under house arrest in November 2010 to prevent a protest of the demolition of his newly built Shanghai studio by the Chinese Police. He has been called one of the “World’s Bravest Bloggers”.
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More on his torn-down art studio.

kateoplis:

Chinese artist, philosopher, architect, photographer, and one of the Chinese Government’s most prominent internal critics, Ai Weiwei, has been arrested today. The above text is from his Tumblr, where his tweets are translated to English. This is not Ai’s first arrest; he was placed under house arrest in November 2010 to prevent a protest of the demolition of his newly built Shanghai studio by the Chinese Police. He has been called one of the “World’s Bravest Bloggers”.

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More on his torn-down art studio.

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14:15 // 3 years ago