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Arts in the Afternoon: Freedom

5:06 PM, Jun 22, 2011 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
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Finally some good news: Ai Weiwei has been released by Chinese authorities. The dissident artist had been detained for three months on charges the international community unanimously recognized were bogus. Weiwei told the New York Times, “In legal terms, I’m — how do you say? — on bail. So I cannot give any interviews. But I’m fine." Yesterday's Wall Street Journal had a tough-minded piece by Eric Gibson, headlined "U.S. Museum Directors to Ai Weiwei: Drop Dead." Earlier in the Journal, Terry Teachout provocatively asked, "Have Our Cultural Stewards Abandoned One of Their Own?"

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