Ai Weiwei is more than just a conceptual artist; he is an activist, a champion of rights and more recently, a social media phenomenon. In a new book, aptly self titled Ai WeiWei, Taschen charts the visionary's artistic history, from his early beginnings to his most recent works in the new century.

Anecdotes and thoughts from close companions and notable curators including the former Swiss Ambassador to China Uli Sigg and Roger M. Buergel are scattered throughout the pages. Also included in the book are an extensive library of images, many of them never-before-seen, which focus on the artist's milestones, from the time he first earned global fame to his controversial arrest and jail time in 2011. Combined with the riveting text, are images, which provide an insight into one of art's greatest minds.

Inside pages of Ai Weiwei

Inside pages of Ai Weiwei

Inside pages of Ai Weiwei

Inside pages of Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is now available at taschen.com and is priced at Dhs235.