Ai Weiwei Released On Bail

The Artsy Fartsy Show is happy to report that dissident Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei is released on bail. Just last week our Melissa Silver gave a wonderful report urging the NY and US awareness of Ai Weiwei’s arrest and the destruction of his studio, on The Artsy Fartsy Show. Thank you all who tweeted forward and signed online petitions. We have kept the timeline and links on our website (http://artsyfartsyshow.com) from last week’s story. Please continue to join efforts to perserve artistic freedoms and expression around the world. The Release is as follows:

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released on bail

Ai Weiwei confirmed his release Wednesday to the international press.

Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei isn’t saying much now that he’s been released from custody. Ai’s arrest provoked outrage from the West, which saw it as purely politically motivated.

Prominent Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei confirmed Wednesday that he had been released on bail from police custody, nearly three months after his arrest in a Chinese government crackdown on dissidents.

“I am fine, I am back home and I am free,” the artist told the German daily tabloid Bild.
As for the details of his imprisonment, which outraged the international community, and his release, Ai said only: “I cannot speak. Please understand.”

The artist was released on bail due to “his good attitude in confessing his crimes,” his willingness to repay the taxes he owed and medical grounds, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.

According to Xinhua news agency, “The Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd, a company Ai controlled, was found to have evaded a huge amount of taxes and intentionally destroyed accounting documents.”
International pressure
Ai’s arrest on April 3 at Beijing’s international airport drew immediate and far-reaching criticism from Western leaders, including German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who demanded his immediate release.