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Ai Weiwei’s Eighty-One Days

Maura Cunningham reviews Barnaby Martin’s Hanging Man: The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei for the Times Literary Supplement. The book is based on a series of interviews with the artist about his detention in 2011, conducted before...

Ai Weiwei: “I Will Not Stop”

David Sheff speaks with Ai Weiwei in a wide-ranging interview for Playboy Magazine, in which the dissident artist discusses imprisonment, free speech and the internet, as well as his time spent in the United States: PLAYBOY:As...

Authorities To Shut Down Ai Weiwei’s Firm

The New York Times reports that officials have revoked the business license of dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s production company, according to an online post by Ai’s lawyer: The move came after a court last week...

A Black Hood & 81 Captive Days for Ai Weiwei

The New York Times’ Edward Wong relates a series of conversations with “the world’s most powerful artist” Ai Weiwei, detailing his 81-day detention last year. The policeman yanked the black hood over Ai...

Court To Hear Ai Weiwei’s Lawsuit

In a telephone interview with Reuters on Tuesday, dissident artist Ai Weiwei said that Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court had accepted his lawsuit against local tax authorities: “I hope that they can make an...

Ai Weiwei Hits Catch 22 in Tax Lawsuit

Ai Weiwei recently told The Economist that the authorities’ order that he stop surveilling himself was like “Orwell. Or maybe Kafka.” Now, Heller has joined the mix, with the artist’s attempt to sue...

Ai’s Weiweicam Forced Offline After 46 Hours

An experiment in transparency by artist Ai Weiwei has come to a premature end, as four webcams broadcasting from his Beijing studio-home were switched off on Wednesday evening. The cameras had allowed supporters and others to...

Authorities to Review Ai Weiwei Tax Case

Beijing authorities have agreed to review the tax evasion case aimed at Ai Weiwei, after some 30,000 supporters helped him pay the required bond last November. From the AFP: “They have two months to review the case. If we...

Ai Weiwei: The Dissident

TIME sat down with Ai Weiwei, named a runner-up for its 2011 Person of the Year issue, to discuss his detention and the implication of the year’s global social upheaval for China: Your detention forced you into silence....

Ai Weiwei's Wife Questioned by Police

Ai Weiwei’s wife, Lu Qing, was questioned at a Beijing police station on Tuesday afternoon, and later released [zh]. The Guardian’s Tania Branigan spoke to Ai, who said that he did not know why she had been summoned:...

Ai Weiwei: "Shame on Me"

After meeting last week’s deadline for a down payment in order to challenge his disputed $2.4 million tax bill, Ai Weiwei sat down with German magazine Der Spiegel to discuss life since detention and his reaction to a new...

Pu Zhiqiang on the "Fake Tax Case"

Siweiluozi has translated a catalogue of procedural and other problems in the Fake Cultural Development Limited tax case, written by the company’s legal counsel in the matter, Pu Zhiqiang. His analysis suggests that...

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