China's best known artist, looking thinner after 81 days in detention, says 'I'm fine ... I'm on bail. Please understand'.

This article titled “Ai Weiwei released from detention” was written by Tania Branigan, for The Guardian on Wednesday 22nd June 2011 20.21 UTC

After 81 days in detention, China’s best-known artist, Ai Weiwei, returned home a considerably thinner and noticeably quieter man.

“I’m fine. I’m out,” the 54-year-old artist told the Guardian in a telephone call shortly after his release on bail. “I’m back with my family. I’m very happy.”

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