Miami artist smashes $1 million Ai Weiwei vase as protest

MIAMI, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- An artist destroyed a $1 million vase by Ai Weiwei on display in the Perez Art Museum-Miami to draw attention to local artists, police said.
Ai Weiwei vase worth $1 million smashed by protesting Florida artist

Ai Weiwei vase worth $1 million smashed by protesting Florida artist

MIAMI, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Maximo Caminero told police that he smashed the vase "in protest."
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Art exhibit in Spain accidentally damaged

SEVILLE, Spain, April 14 (UPI) -- A sculpture at a Spanish art museum was damaged when an elderly woman tripped and fell into the artwork, officials said.
Sentencing draws strong reaction

Sentencing draws strong reaction

HEIFEI, China, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Public reaction in China to the court sentencing of the wife of deposed Communist Party leader Bo Xilai for murder appears to be mostly negative.

Chinese court rejects Weiwei appeal

BEIJING, July 20 (UPI) -- A Chinese Friday court rejected an appeal of a $2.4 million tax evasion case against prominent artist and government critic Ai Weiwei.
Chinese gov't shuts down Ai Weiwei's site

Chinese gov't shuts down Ai Weiwei's site

BEIJING, April 5 (UPI) -- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says his surveillance Web site, protesting his treatment by Chinese authorities, was shut down by the Chinese government.

China's 'soft' blog censorship studied

PITTSBURGH, March 7 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've analyzed "soft" censorship of social media in China, identifying politically sensitive terms Chinese censors may notice.
Ai pays Beijing tax demand, partially

Ai pays Beijing tax demand, partially

BEIJING, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Government critic and international artist Ai Weiwei paid $1.3 million as a bond to Chinese tax authorities but vows to fight their demand for $2.4 million in total.
Ai Weiwei to fight Chinese tax bill

Ai Weiwei to fight Chinese tax bill

BEIJING, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Artist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's "Bird's Nest" stadium, says he will challenge a $2.4 million tax bill from the Chinese government.
Weiwei gets more tax demands

Weiwei gets more tax demands

BEIJING, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities have told Ai Weiwei, a celebrated artist and prominent critic of the communist government, that his design company must pay $2.3 million in back taxes.
Wen: China needs more democracy

Wen: China needs more democracy

BEIJING, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- China needs a greater dose of democracy, according to Premier Wen Jiabao, who retires from the job at the end of next year.
China: Stop preaching human rights to us

China: Stop preaching human rights to us

BEIJING, April 11 (UPI) -- China heavily criticized a U.S. State Department annual report for interfering in Chinese internal affairs and said Washington should stop preaching on human rights.
West ups heat on China over artist's fate

West ups heat on China over artist's fate

BERLIN, April 5 (UPI) -- The West is stepping up the pressure on the government in Beijing over the arrest of popular Chinese artist and regime critic Ai Weiwei.

Chinese artist barred from leaving country

BEIJING, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Officials blocked China's best-known artist Ai Weiwei from leaving the country minutes before he was to board an airplane, the artist told The Guardian.

Florida art show finds sales are up

MIAMI, Del., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Art gallery owners in Florida indicated sales have bounced back at the 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach art show, which features more than 2,000 artists.
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Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei, 53, one of China's most prominent avant-garde artists and human rights activists, poses for a portrait in his Beijing studio on April 25, 2009. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to free dozens of government critics rounded up this year including Ai Weiwei and said Beijing's human rights record was worsening. UPI/Stephen Shaver

Ai Weiwei (pinyin: Ài Wèiwèi; born 28 August 1957) is a Chinese artist and activist, who is also active in architecture, curating, photography, film, and social and cultural criticism. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. In addition to showing his art he has investigated government corruption and cover-ups. He was particularly focused at exposing an alleged corruption scandal in the construction of Sichuan schools that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. He intensively uses the internet to communicate with people all over China, especially the young generation. On 3 April 2011 police detained him at Beijing airport, and his studio in the capital was sealed off in an apparent crackdown by the Chinese authorities on political dissidents.

Ai Weiwei's father was Chinese poet Ai Qing, who was denounced during the Anti-Rightist Movement and in 1958 sent to a labour camp in Xinjiang with his wife, Gao Ying. Ai Weiwei was one year old at the time and lived in Shihezi for 16 years. In 1975 the family returned to Beijing. Ai Weiwei is married to artist Lu Qing.

In 1978, Ai enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy and attended school with Chinese directors Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou. In 1978, he was one of the founders of the early avant garde art group the "Stars", together with Ma Desheng, Wang Keping, Huang Rui, Li Shuang, Zhong Acheng and Qu Leilei. The group disbanded in 1983. Yet Ai Weiwei participated in regular Stars group shows, The Stars: Ten Years, 1989 (Hanart Gallery, Hong-Hong and Taipei), and a retrospective exhibition in Beijing in 2007: Origin Point (Today Art Museum, Beijing).

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