Famed Chinese Artist and Dissident, Ai Weiwei, Released from Prison

After nearly three months in custody for tax evasion charges, Ai Weiwei is released on bail

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei holds some seeds from his Unilever Installation 'Sunflower Seeds' at The Tate Modern. Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei holds some seeds from his Unilever Installation 'Sunflower Seeds' at The Tate Modern. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty)

Almost three months after his arrest in April, world-renowned artist and social activist Ai Weiwei was released Wednesday on bail from prison in China. Ai was arrested on charges of tax evasion during a crackdown on human rights activists, and has not commented on the government or his arrest since yesterday. He is perhaps best known for his design of the "Bird's Nest" stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Asia Society Museum in New York works closely with Ai Weiwei. The museum will soon host more than 200 of the artist's photographs from his time in New York in the 1980s. Here with us to talk about Ai's work and imprisonment is Melissa Chiu, director of the Asia Society Museum.

Ai Weiwei, Courtesy of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Chambers Fine Art
Self-Portrait. 1987
Ai Weiwei, Courtesy of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Chambers Fine Art
Ai Weiwei. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 1983
Ai Weiwei, Courtesy of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Chambers Fine Art
1989 Robert Frank & Allen Ginsberg
Ai Weiwei, Courtesy of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Chambers Fine Art
Mirror. 1987

Guests:

Dr. Melissa Chiu

Produced by:

Kat Thornton

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