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Feb 18, 2014 — The Miami New Times reports that local artist Maximo Caminero claimed he smashed the vase to protest the type of artists showcased at the newly opened Perez Art Museum Miami. He's been charged with criminal mischief. Ai, the Chinese artist and dissident, said the vandal's argument "doesn't make much sense."
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May 22, 2013 — In 2011, police detained Ai Weiwei for 81 days. Now, he's released a song that's turned the experience into a heavy metal protest song, along with a dystopian nightmare video. The lyrics are explicit and angry. Ai says his music is for the many political prisoners who remain jailed.
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Jan 11, 2013 — The outspoken artist, who has spent time in prison, tells WBUR that state media never report the truth: "It's like bad air all the time." Imprisonment, he says, was like "little beans dropped on the floor in some corner and people just forget about you. It's a very terrifying situation."
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Oct 25, 2012 — Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei is pushing authorities' buttons again, this time with a spoof that was quickly blocked from Chinese websites. He's mocking government censorship.
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Nov 1, 2011 — His supporters say it's another attempt to silence Ai. He was jailed for nearly three months earlier this year. Ai says he can pay the bill, but wants to see proof that the taxes really are owed.
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Oct 13, 2011 — The magazine said the dissident Chinese artist's work reminds the world that "freedom of expression is a basic right." Ai is only the second artist to top the list.
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Jun 22, 2011 — The world famous artist had been detained since April. He's known for his efforts to expose social injustice. The official news agency claims he has confessed to avoiding taxes.
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Apr 16, 2011 — The artist behind Beijing's Olympic Stadium is now in government custody and artists all over the world are planning protests in support of his release. NPR's Laura Sydell spoke with the controversial artist in 2008. Even then, he was pushing boundaries.
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Apr 7, 2011 — UN Secretary General lobbies Congress; Colombia's president goes to the White House; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accused of economic crimes; Mexican agents find mass graves; fires in Oklahoma
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Apr 5, 2011 — Morning Roundup: White House bi-partisan budget meeting; first anniversary of Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia; Chinese agents arrest artist Ai Weiwei; Detroit Symphony musicians have tentative contract; UConn wins NCAA men's basketball title
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