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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)

Ai Weiwei is a widely acclaimed artist, an innovative designer, an influential architect, a visionary urbanist, a competitive cook, and even a great hairdresser. He is also a compelling and disputatious writer who knows how to address and to rally a wide audience, voicing his own dissatisfaction, and that of his fellow countrymen, at being confronted on a daily basis with the alarming glibness of a rampant Chinese society and its disquieting political representation.

(Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern)

Blogging produces reality rather than simply representing it. Ai Weiwei is among our very best guides to this new terrain: one of the greatest living international artists and a fighter for more freedom. Ai Weiwei's daily blog entries, gathered here, will make the reader see the world in a different and startlingly original light.

(Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London)

The works and words of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who lived in New York during formative years of his artistic development, seem to arise not only from the venerable cultural traditions of his homeland but also from those commenced in colonial America with the 'Common Sense' political activism of Thomas Paine, further fused with the trickster antics of the Native American Coyote character and the lingering specter of Andy Warhol's media savvy. It remains to be seen what will become of this broadly transnational artist amidst the turbulent global culture of our time, but he is not easily ignored.

(Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery)

About the Author

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.

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  • Series: Writing Art
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; New edition edition (March 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262015218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262015219
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dn'A on May 10, 2011
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Ai Weiwei's Blog is a collection of courageously honest rants. This book is also a sobering reminder of the price some pay for testing the boundaries of expression in a country that fears freedom. He has now disappeared and in doing so has become more than an important contemporary artist, (see the Phaidon monograph for a good survey.) His detention is emblematic of China's stumble toward the inevitable. We should all be paying close attention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Virginia on May 11, 2011
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A VERY revealing and diverse mix of essays, reflections and observations by the Chinese artist who was arrested and is still being "detained" w/out outside contact. Good insights into the mental and physical state of "modern" China as well as topics such as architecture, contemporary artists and art, politics, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zo Ee Chee on November 17, 2011
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The book arrived in perfect condition. New, clean and fast! The book itself is very interesting, but because the content is of a blog, thoughts are normally pretty disjointed between one blog post and another. Otherwise, great job!
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My interest in his blog truly centere on his post 2008 earthquake entries.

As usual for him, there were entries which held much depth and insight. For me, the one drawback was that it takes some time to give the book the attention it deserves and I am always short on time.

Some of the things he says are incredibly insightful. Certainly I see China more truly than I had before. I cannot believe that the government would redo the fronts of the homes on a street so that they all looked alike. Incredible Worthwhile.
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