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Ai Weiwei’s Status Still Unknown; Studio Occupied by Police [LIVEBLOG]

On Sunday morning Beijing time, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was arrested and detained at the airport on his way to Hong Kong. We haven’t heard from the artist since. Ai’s studio remains occupied by police forces though the larger neighborhood of Caochangdi is unaffected at present. Studio assistants, including foreigners, are being questioned by the police. This post will be live updated with news.

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A Subversive Chinese New Year, Courtesy of Ai Weiwei

Happy Chinese New Year! The Year of the Rabbit began this month, and fireworks have been rocketing off in Chinese cities ever since. In celebration, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s FAKE design office has created a contemporary version of a Chinese New Year’s tradition: Door Gods for 2011 (seen above). This new twist on traditional features some uniquely present-day symbolism, though.