Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been touted as the Picasso of our age. Famed beyond the art world, he's known almost as much for his political remarks as his knowledge of Chinese traditional crafts. As a political activist, Ai has been highly – and openly – critical of the Chinese government's stance on human rights. In 2011, he was arrested and held for 81 days without any official charges ever being filed. Drawn from Taschen's Collector's Edition, this lavishly executed monograph focuses on Ai's career up until his release from Chinese custody, with a wide array of visual material that outlines his early days as an artist in New York to his more recent works.