News about the Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has proliferated in recent years due to several bouts of legal trouble with the Chinese government. Reports have extensively covered Ai’s ongoing house arrest in Beijing since November 2012, and more recently the claims of tax evasion. Consequently, the image of a tireless struggle between the oppression of a famous artist and the ever-vigilant Chinese government has at times overwhelmed the context in which his work is created and received at large.

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