Perhaps one of the most provocative Chinese artists of our generation, Ai Weiwei, fears nobody when making his statements, not even his own government. His art is a social commentary derived from his love of China, and his art sometimes point to unlikely places to make his voice heard. Ai is not only a conceptual artist, but also his activism against his government and support for his people has captured the attention of critiques around the globe. From his early years in New York City, designing the bird's nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics, and his present day house arrest in China, his life is nothing but ordinary. Taschen produced 1000 units of this hard cover book to chronicle the impressive works by Ai. The artist signs each book, and it comes wrapped in a silk scarf.