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    DescriptionIn 2006, even though he could barely type, China's most famous artist started blogging. For more than three years, Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings. He wrote about the Sichuan earthquake (and posted a list of the schoolchildren who died because of the government's "tofu-dregs engineering"), reminisced about Andy Warhol and the East Village art scene, described the irony of being investigated for "fraud" by the Ministry of Public Security, made a modest proposal for tax collection. Then, on June 1, 2009, Chinese authorities shut down the blog. This book offers a collection of Ai's notorious online writings translated into English--the most complete, public documentation of the original Chinese blog available in any language.The New York Times called Ai "a figure of Warholian celebrity." He is a leading figure on the international art scene, a regular in museums and biennials, but in China he is a manifold and controversial presence: artist, architect, curator, social critic, justice-seeker. He was a consultant on the design of the famous "Bird's Nest" stadium but called for an Olympic boycott; he received a Chinese Contemporary Art "lifetime achievement award" in 2008 but was beaten by the police in connection with his "citizen investigation" of earthquake casualties in 2009. Ai Weiwei's Blog documents Ai's passion, his genius, his hubris, his righteous anger, and his vision for China.


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    Title
    Ai Weiwei's Blog
    Subtitle
    Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Weiwei Ai, Edited by Lee Ambrozy, Translated by Lee Ambrozy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262015219
    ISBN 10: 0262015218
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: ACXJ
    BISAC V2.8: ART019000, ART015110
    B&T Approval Code: A02304048
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17410
    DC22: 709.51/090511
    LC classification: N7349.A5 A35 2011
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 709.51090511
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: ART016020
    Thema V1.0: AGA
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    58 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    18 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Ai Weiwei is an artist and activist. His recent exhibitions include "Sunflower Seeds" at the Tate Modern, London, a vast assemblage of handcrafted porcelain sunflower seeds; and six fiberglass dioramas depicting his 81-day imprisonment in 2011, shown at a Venice gallery in parallel with the 2013 Venice Biennale. He was a designer of the famous "Bird's Nest" stadium of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lee Ambrozy is the Editor of artforum.com.cn, Artforum's Chinese language website.
    Review quote
    "This work is invaluable as a critical perspective and chronicle while also being an extraordinary contributor to...the contemporary Chinese political landscape." -- David Roberts, Building Design "In terms of illuminating the dynamics of protest in our understanding of one of global culture's most percipient commentators, this text is highly recommended" -- Alex Ross, THE