Posts Tagged “China”

Release Ai Weiwei—An Overseas Chinese Perspective

04.25.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

As previously stated on this blog, arts institutions and concerned citizens are calling for the release of artist Ai Weiwei, who was detained by Chinese authorities.

Ai’s whereabouts are still unknown. According to, today marks the 22nd day since Ai disappeared.

Readers seeking additional perspectives might see “Release... More

Empty Chairs

04.17.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

After noticing, on Facebook, natch, that Jerry and Roberta were out demonstrating in New York, I cruised down Geary on Sunday afternoon looking for the chair-themed Ai Weiwei protest to witness the determination of SF art folks. I ran late — though not that late — and by the time I got there, the only crowds I saw nearby seemed to have taken their seating to the Cherry Blossom Festival across the road. Perhaps the the concurrent events were ill-timed, there being crowd control officials already in the neighborhood who chased them away beca... More

Ai Wei Wei

04.05.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

Artist and human rights activist Ai Wei Wei was detained at Beijing Airport as he attempted to board a plane to Hong Kong. China’s best-known artist, he is an outspoken critic of the government. The international community seeks more information on the detainment and disappearance of Ai Wei Wei, and calls for his release.