remembering Ai Weiwei

June 22 (day 79): here’s another just-translated interview on Dazed. And here’s Lu Qing’s latest letter to the authorities at Scribd.

June 20 (day 77): Archaeologist Paul Bedford thinks Ai Weiwei should have been arrested for crimes against Chinese heritage… And the Association of Art Museum Directors won’t be rocking any Chinese boat (The Don’t Rock the Junk Policy) any time soon, according to Eric Gibson, in the WSJ.

June 14 (day 71): catch up on a daily basis at the FreeAiWeiwei @ posterous site (which has better connections than I do). The best of this crop is Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail.

June 10 (day 67): Just look at this beautiful monument at Ruta del Peregrino by Ai Weiwei on Dezeen. Which I found at another Ai Weiwei daily blog And there’s a YouTube song to accompany this by Tres/Arash Moori, who attempt to deliver a letter in Spain.

June 9 (day 66): And here’s an image just found: by Ralph Ueltzhoeffer in Paris.


From ArtDaily: A marble sculpture by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei entitled ‘Marble Arm’ is seen at ART HK 11, Asia’s largest art fair, Hong Kong, China, 25 May 2011. Despite China’s crackdown on the artist, the ART HK 11 is able to host galleries from around the world, some of whom are displaying his work under the ‘one country, two systems’ agreement which guarantees freedom of artistic expression in Hong Kong, under the city’s mini-constitution, or ‘Basic Law’. EPA/ALEX HOFFORD.

Part one of this post seems to be labouring under its 100 or so links on this topic: and so I continue here…

June 7 (day 64): Here’s a video of Hamish Fulton’s Slowalk (in support of Ai Weiwei) April 30, at Tate Modern. The Guardian has been the most consistent advocate of Ai Weiwei’s rights: now they’re asking, where is the art establishment when they’re needed? Hyperallegic summarises who has said what. Taiwan’s President Ma is the latest world leader to call for an amnesty.

June 4 (day 61): On the anniversary of the Tienanmen massacre, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi condemns the recent crackdown on democratic rights, and calls for Ai Weiwei’s release. And get your China Webblocker and Ai Weiwei glasses here.

June 3 (day 60): Reuters reports other supporting artists being detained in Beijing – over a wall left blank for an absent Ai Weiwei.

June 2 (day 59): The IFEX letter. Plus a Royal Academy title.

June 1 (day 58): Jeffrey Goldberg, (on Bloomberg) talks about a “tipping point”. And SBS Australia reports on HK protests (Hannah Belcher, Jian Jun Xi, and Kasey Wong). Plus this exhibition “Red” at 10 Chancelry Lane.

May 31 (day 57): James Dean @ Scribd reports on support from international law firms.

May 29 (day 55): now the Chinese Government seems to be interfering with his sales: read Tyler Green on Modern Art News.

May 28 (day 54): Hari Kunzru, in the Guardian: “We are all Ai Weiwei”

May 27 (day 53): Read Fred Scharmen at Archinect on the “continuum between art, architecture, and political activism” in China. The next US Ambassador to China says he’ll raise the issue. Pascale Trouillaud (AFP) reports on the “dialogue of the deaf”. The art world isn’t doing enough, says the WSJ. Ditto, says the Art Newspaper. Apart from the sculpture above (said to be “on reserve” at $280K) CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout reports that Ai Weiwei is effectively missing in action at the HK Art Fair.

May 26 (day 52): while the bird may not be his best work, his presence at the HK Art Fair keeps him in our thoughts…

May 25 (day 51): stand by for another stronger condemnation (yet to be translated)…

May 24 (day 50): Ai Weiwei’s mother leaps the wall, as reported in The Telegraph. And will the Hong Kong Art Fair generate any attention? asks The Squeeze. Here’s more on the same topic at the WSJ. Touchy topic for some… And see Geandy Pavon’s projection on the NYC Chinese Consulate at Hyperallergic… Here it is on YouTube. Or read Tyler Green interviewing the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Hugh Davies about the dilemma facing public institutions in the U.S..

May 23 (day 49): The Guardian reports on Ai Weiwei’s missing friends.

May 22 (day 48): more accusations reported here at ArtDaily. And there’s an issue facing museums who want to do business with China reported by Mary Louise Schumacher at Tap Milwaukee (in a comprehensive well-referenced article) .

May 21 (day 47): Huffpost reports Chinese authorities: it’s tax evasion, they say.

May 20 (day 46): Amnesty update on all the known detainees in the “Jasmine Revolution” crackdown. And a clip on Al Jazeera.

May 19 (day 45): British artists launch a new campaign

May 18 (day 44): Peter Foster in The Telegraph on why it matters for the rest of the world. And for the families of the disappeared: read Rachel Beitarie, in Foreign Policy.

May 17 (day 43): The WSJ reports that Ai Weiwei is allowed to meet his wife Lu Qing for 20 minutes. Cristina Ruiz in the Art Newspaper reports criticism from the blog Cathedral of Shit of those of his Galleries who are participating the Art HK (the upcoming Hong Kong art fair). And by Ben Davis, at ArtInfo. And more on ArtDaily via Associated Press.

May 16 (day 42): Charles Darwent (The Independent) asks whether Ai Weiwei is a good artist.

May 14 (day 40): here’s the “obscenity” argument, reported by Michael Sheridan at The Oz.

May 13 (day 39): Pascale Trouillard writes at AFP about the activities of the Chinese “web commentators”. And here’s Tate Modern Director Chris Dercon at Index on Censorship.

May 12 (day 38): I missed this piece by Malcolm Moore, in The Telegraph, wherein there are hints of State retribution… And, yesterday, more from Moore. And here’s an interview with Alison Klayman, on Huffington Post.

May 11 (day 37): and now (Marc McEvoy at the SMH) the Chinese writer Liaou Yiwu is prevented from traveling to the Sydney Writers Festival “for security reasons”. Anish Kapoor calls for an international day of museum closure as he dedicates his Paris work to AWW. And Hillary Clinton lets fly (reported in The Independent).

May 10: here at CMP is what purports to be an interview between AWW and an operative from a Chinese Government supports agency concerned with influencing the news…

May 9: such shallow, ill-informed, opportunistic commentary had to arise somewhere.

May 6: Ai Weiwei’s top ten tweets now translated.

May 5: Mayor Bloomberg declares the opening of Zodiac Heads in the absence of Ai Weiwei is “bittersweet.” Also covered by Ben Davis at ArtInfo. And Roberta Smith in the NYT. Elizabeth Farrelly is (rightfully) angry, on National Times. Austria’s Foreign Minister summons the Chinese Ambassador, and the Austrian Chancellor says he will pursue Ai’s case on a visit next week.

May 4: The Berlin exhibition proceeds in his absence. And Taiwan makes a stand. And here.

May 3: Tom Chen at ArtInfo has published a biographical timeline. There’s also an AW blog built around the imminent Circle of Heads in New York and London.

May 2: Jaime FlorCruz at CNN puts the detention of public intellectuals in context with other forms of social unrest.

May 1: Andrew Stout (More Intelligent Life, The Economist) introduces Ai Weiwei’s translator Lee Ambrozy. Lee Ambrozy is the Editor and Translator of “Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interview and Digital Rants 2006-2009” (MIT Press, 2011)

April 30: Read Barmé’s conclusion (below), and then: Jamil Anderson who reports on Xu Bing’s “apolitical” stance. And then Chen Danqing, Ai Weiwei’s friend, interviewed in the LAT.

April 29: Geremie Barmé writes this incisive and informed essay on Ai Weiwei’s predicament on The China Beat.


On Archinect, in 2006.

Here’s an interview with Alison Klayman, on Huffington Post.

And with Ai Weiwei’s mother, on CBS.

With Will Corwin, in 2007.

Time Out Hong Kong


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