Guo Gai reportedly has been released

Finally some good news about artists in China:

Debra deNoyelles of the Soap Factory in Minneapolis emails to say that Guo Gai, the Chinese artist arrested on Mar. 24 and held since then, has been released from prison. Gai was taken into custody after photographing a performance that had pro-democracy themes, although I've speculated that his politically pointed art might have something to do with his protracted detention. Gai's large-scale photographs will be exhibited at the Soap Factory in August, along with the premiere of a choral work based on recent events in Chinese history, but deNoyelles says it's "patently clear that he will not be approved to leave the country to attend the exhibition." She says she'll know more about Gai tomorrow.

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