In terms of underground Chinese art, Ai Weiwei may be grabbing the headlines but he is just one artist in an expanding galaxy of edgy and sometimes provocative work that has been coming out of China's contemporary art scene for more than a decade.
In a poll published last week by the American magazine Consumer Reports, 71% of adults polled confessed to being very concerned about Internet companies abusing their personal information. But what this poll failed to ask was whether we fear governmental abuse of our online data as much as abuse from private companies.
Beijing is a city where history and culture are almost tangible. They sprout, grow and bloom in unexpected places, around glittering new skyscrapers, in subway tunnels and in parks. And yet, despite their prevalence, history and culture in Beijing always seem to be teetering on the verge of extinction.
Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has been released on bail -- apparently with conditions -- after he spent nearly three months in prison on charges of tax evasion, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.
The release from custody of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei provoked a range of responses Thursday from around the world, with many commentators expressing relief at his release while remaining critical of Beijing's actions.
He is one of China's most successful and internationally renowned artists -- but at the opening of his latest exhibition "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" in London, the controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was missing.