Archive for July, 2009

Tell me something I don’t know

Photo by Michelle Yun

Photo by Michelle Yun

Spotted at the Scope Art Show: part of a work by artist Duane Coe.

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Walking a mile in El Greco’s shoes; En route

Cai and co. have journeyed to the Mediterranean where Cai will follow in El Greco’s footsteps, making stops at all of the Spanish Renaissance master’s old stomping grounds. First stop on the itinerary: Crete, El Greco’s birthplace. If only the flights had not been delayed…

Cai and Wenyou taking a nap at the Athens airport hotel bar at 3:00am.

Cai and Wenyou taking a nap at the Athens airport hotel bar at 3:00am.

Cai says El Greco would feel touched in heaven, if he knew we are working so hard to travel to where he went. Photo by Chinyan Wong.

Cai says El Greco would feel touched in heaven, if he knew we are working so hard to travel to where he went. Photos by Chinyan Wong.

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Taipei business trip

This is a photo of Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper building in Taipei. We caught a glimpse of it on a site visit at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.

This is a photo of Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper building in Taipei. We caught a glimpse of it on a site visit at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.

Enjoying seafood, street-style in Taipei, on a rare night when we weren't in a meeting in a basement somewhere...

Enjoying seafood, street-style in Taipei, on a rare night when we weren't in a meeting in a basement somewhere...

Cai: "It's been years since I last ate at a joint like this." <br />Tatsumi is enjoying the crabs very much.

Cai: "It's been years since I last ate at a joint like this." Tatsumi is enjoying the crabs very much. Photos by Chinyan Wong.

In late June the Studio took a trip to Taipei to prepare for Cai’s solo exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

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Bar none: inmates visit Cai Guo-Qiang: I want to Believe

This morning we enjoyed reading the article “La mejor de las condenas” [The best of sentences] by Raquel Ugarriza, published on Deia.com.  In her article Ms. Ugarriza tells about the trip that inmates from the prison Nanclares de la Oca took to the Guggenheim Bilbao last week. She says that the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe caught the attention of the group, and that some of the works most commented on by the visitors were Bilbao’s Rent Collection Courtyard and Head On. According to Ms. Ugarriza, the inmates’ visit was coordinated by the Guggenheim Bilbao’s education department, which aims to widen the access to modern and contemporary art by hosting events for groups in risk of social exclusion. You can read the entire article (in Spanish) on Deia.com.

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Rescue mission

Photo by Kelly Ma

Photo by Kelly Ma

Last Wednesday morning we discovered a small bird sprawled out in the garden. Without hesitation the Studio went into emergency-bird-rescue mode. Using art handling nitrile gloves the bird was carefully placed into a makeshift stretcher made of cardboard and tissue paper. We carried the little creature to the closest veterinarian where she was fed fluids and pain medication. A few days later we heard good news: the veterinarians had kept the bird overnight, released it in their backyard the next day, and it flew off!

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Lincoln Center Talk

East Meets West on the Upper West Side, Wall Street Journal Discussion Panel

Shen Wei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chinyan Wong, and Jeff Fowler at the "East Meets West on the Upper West Side" Wall Street Journal Discussion Panel

On July 1, 2009 Cai and Shen Wei gave a talk at Lincoln Center hosted by the Wall Street Journal. You can read about it and watch a video on the Wall Street Journal’s blog.

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