An Artist’s Release


Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist openly critical of the Chinese Communist Party, has been released from prison after a three-month detention.

To add to his international  acclaim and recognition, the blog he started in 2006 (which was shut down in 2009 by the Chinese authorities) is now being published by MIT Press. Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews and Digital Rants, 2006-2009, translated by Lee Ambrozy, gives insight into the thoughts, ideas, and “scathing social commentary” of the famous Chinese artist.

Claire Rush studies Geography and French at UC Berkeley. She lives in one of the largest co-ops in North America and has been an active member in the Berkeley Student Cooperative for the last two years. Apart from yoga and biking and the occasional hike, her main activities include chilling, hanging around, trying to teach herself how to cook, daydreaming about Burning Man, and watching seasons of old TV shows on the internet. More from this author →