Posts Tagged ‘China’

NYC///OPENINGS///ZHANG HUAN AT PACE WILDENSTEIN…

July 17, 2008  |  art, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Like its Chinese homeland, this sleeping giant will no doubt awake to crush us all someday...

The undeniable presence of China in the NYC art scene is an influence that will only continue to grow over the next decade as America's almighty loanholder continues to export its finest imagists at a breakneck rate. Luckily—unlike the forthcoming Chinese cars—the mostly figurative artists are also some of the world's most visionary. One such notable example is the performance artist turned painter/sculptor ZHANG HUAN whose new sculpture, "Giant 3" is a colossal 15-foot-tall figure made from cowhides, steel, wood, and polystyrene foam that centers Chelsea's must-see show of the moment at the venerable PACE WILDENSTEIN GALLERY. Filling out the show which spans the gallery's two large exhibition spaces are a wide array of equally inspired smaller sculptures and paintings by the artist, the most notable of which are a series of vintage red propaganda-inspired "paintings" made up entirely of grains of ash from burned temple incense. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TAIPEI///TOYBOX///KAWS x YUE MINJUN AT THE MUSEUM OF TOMORROW…

June 28, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Cool Shit, KAWS, News, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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The new holy grail of vinyl toydom. He's laughing at how much you're going to pay... 

Yeah, that thing's real. It's a special collaborative figure made by KAWS and Chinese art phenomenon YUE MINJUN for a special show of vinyl toys designed by Chinese artists called "Art For The Masses" at Taipei's MUSEUM OF TOMORROW that opened tonite (through July 27th). Featuring new sculpts by  ZHOU TIEN HAI, LIU YE, JING YU, ZHOU CHUN YA, and YUE MINJUN (with KAWS), the show is the first to address the genre for a Chinese audience incorporating domestic modern artists. All figures have been produced in runs of 500 pieces for sale at the museum and are not being distributed domestically. Translation: keep your eyes on eBay and your PayPal account locked & loaded. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///CLIMBING THE GREAT WALL…

May 23, 2008  |  China, Cool Shit, Feature, Road Trippin, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

l1000958.jpg One of the most memorable experiences in life has to be climbing the legendary GREAT WALL OF CHINA. Built between the 6th century BC and the 16th century, the 4,000 mile Great Wall was constructed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. The area pictured here is closest to Beijing, the former capital city of the Ming Dynasty which was responsible for building the most strong, fortified, and enduring segments of the wall. At its peak, the Ming Wall was guarded by more than one million men and historical records indicate that around two to three million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall. Now, the colossal structure is a modern tourist trap where American, Euro, and native Chinese travelers mingle to gawk at each other and the monumental gigantitude of the twisting path before them. HAVE A LOOK:

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///BEIJING’S SIGNS OF THE TIMES…

May 23, 2008  |  China, Road Trippin, Worldwide, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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CAUTION: Radioactive children at play...

On our long prowl in Beijing last week it was impossible to travel nearly a block without encountering some amazing Chinese signage translated into inimitable "Engrish." Here's a peek at the best of 'em. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///NIKE BRINGS BMX TO BEIJING…

May 20, 2008  |  BMX, China, Cool Shit, News, Road Trippin  |  Comments Off

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Beyond BMX Thunderdome...

In China, BMX is an obscure sport at best, a fact NIKE aims to change. Last week the 6.o squad including riders MIKE SPINNER, MAXIME CHARVERON, and NIGEL SYLVESTER rolled out to China and proceeded to set up shop in the Eastern equivalent of Thunderdome as designed by Richard Serra for a demo in honor of freestyle BMX pioneer BOB HARO called "Lightning Bolts." Transforming an abandoned water tank—that was full of two feet of stagnant, standing water up until the day before last Tuesday's event—into a BMX paradise in the round was no easy feat but when all was said and done a former Communist industrial wasteland was converted into one of the world's most incredible street courses. Of course, it wouldn't be a Nike event without an art component and Hong Kong toy designer Michael Lau stepped to the plate, creating a huge painting and special toy for the occasion. Also on display were a series of original-style Bob Haro BMX number plates as customized by an array of young artists to be auctioned off in benefit of The Land of Plenty foundation that introduces at-risk youth to the world of BMX. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///THE STREET CUISINE OF BEIJING….

May 20, 2008  |  China, Cool Shit, Death Trip, Road Trippin, Worldwide, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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These are the safe choices. Peep the real goodies after the jump...

Yeah, that title sounds scary and it should be. Eating in Beijing can certainly be dicey and the street food is truly a thing to behold. Nearly all manner of strange and seemingly inedible creature is represented in an endless stream of street stalls, all impaled on bamboo sticks ready to be cooked—or not—to your discerning standards. To untrained Western eyes, these stalls look more like a setup for Jackass than a serious culinary operation. Of course, freshness is prized in China so many of the selections are still alive in cages awaiting your selection and subsequent preparation. Of course, we couldn’t resist a quick tour. Needless to say, it was a strict diet of white rice after this outing, though. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///LOST IN BEIJING FOR THE LAUNCH OF NIKE SPORTSWEAR…

May 19, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, China, Fashion, News  |  Comments Off

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Nigel Sylvester in the clouds by artist Robert Wilson...

Just returned from China where ardent Supertouch supporters/footwear-to-the-gods giant NIKE have had their hands full for the past several months preparing for some incredible pre-Olympics events including the launch of the new Nike Sportswear division, the Nike technology retrospective "House of Innovation" exhibit, and the big (and seemingly impossible) takeover of the legendary and historical Forbidden City for a nite. Along for the ride was a veritable who's-who of international tastemakers and shakers who transformed the massive trek into a traveling party & impromptu meeting of the minds. Under massive preparation for the upcoming Olympic games that launch on 08.08.2008, Beijing is a city in transition, undergoing a series of monumental building projects (Rem Koolhaas' CCTV tower is a standout) and sweeping social changes that mark its slow, but obvious westernization—a fact made apparent by the ubiquitous presence of American and European shops and restaurants that dot the city's cluttered urban landscape. HAVE A LOOK (and lots more to come): Read More

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