I have been collecting photography for a very long time now and I like to collect contemporary artists from around the world. I usually pick up photographers’ work when I visit their country. One of the artists that I have collected from is Ai Weiwei, I have one of his iconic images that I bought years ago from his exhibit here in NY. He also shot this same image in front of the Eiffel Tower and The Tiananmen Square, these images were a global political statement.
When I opened The Arts section of the Times today I saw this news article about his detainment . It is sad when such a great artist is suppressed politically for speaking his mind. There is something to be learned from suppression of opinions and beliefs, we are lucky to live in a country that allows freedom of expression and speech. There are too few places in this world that do not allow these freedoms.
If you feel the same way please consider signing the petition to free Ai Weiwei here http://twitition.com/ao9m7