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CAA Letter Regarding the Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

posted by Christopher Howard — Apr 08, 2011

CAA sent the following letter regarding the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to the editor of the New York Times on Friday, April 8, 2011. Read more about the international art community’s response at CultureGrrl.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

The College Art Association, the world’s largest organization of visual arts professionals, is extremely concerned about the fate of Ai Weiwei since he was taken into police custody when attempting to board a plane to Hong Kong on April 3rd. He has not been accused of specific crimes.

We are deeply alarmed that Ai would be subject to such extreme methods of repression because of his unfettered work and outspokenness. Ai’s work has garnered international accolades, recognized as an indication of the vitality of the visual arts in China. He is well known in art circles in New York, where he lived for a number of years, and his choice to return to Beijing was seen as part of the renewal of the arts in China.

The College Art Association supports freedom of expression for all artists and looks forward to Ai’s prompt release.


Barbara Nesin, MFA
President, College Art Association