06 May '11, 5am

"Who's Afraid of Ai WeiWei?": Graffiti Campaign Challenges Chinese Artist's Arrest

"Who's Afraid of Ai WeiWei?": Graffiti Campaign Challenges Chinese Artist's Arrest

It's now the second month since renowned artist Ai WeiWei was detained by Chinese authorities at the Beijing Airport, where he was to board a plane to Hong Kong. In the absence of any satisfactory information about the charges under which he is being held or his condition, his artwork is being unveiled in the West on schedule and Hong Kong artists have started a graffiti campaign asking "Who's Afraid of Ai WeiWei?" As the New York Times reports, an exhibition of new work opened at the Neugerriemschneider Gallery in Berlin last weekend (with a giant banner asking "Where is Ai WeiWei" at the front of the building). On Wednesday in New York, "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads," opened at the Pulitzer Fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel. The latter work is said to be Ai's first public sculpture. The piece is comprised of a series of 12 heads of the creatures of the Chinese Zodia...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/human-rights/blog/whos-afraid...

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