Telescope: China | INCLUDED
INCLUDED, a nonprofit organization formerly known as Compassion for Migrant Children, recently opened an outdoor exhibition in Sanlitun, an upscale prime shopping center area in Beijing. Stephen Gleadow, a U.S. artist and friend, and the creative director for the INCLUDED exhibition, invited me to come see this very beautiful and moving show right before I left for the U.S.
Ma Ke in L.A.
I first saw Ma Ke’s work in 2008 or 09 at an obscure space in Beijing. I was immediately taken by the two small paintings of his that were in a large group show. No one in the gallery could give me any information about him. It took me several years to track him down, but finally while visiting Platform China gallery in Beijing one day, I saw a catalogue of an artist’s work and instantly knew this must be the artist I had been looking for for such a long time.
The Mysteries of China
During my time and travels throughout modern China I have ‘discovered’ and photographed a series of mysterious and unexplained phenomena. These can be added to the ever mounting Great Mysteries of China.
Update on Ai Weiwei's Bicycle
Last January as I was walking from an artist’s studio to my gallery, Telescope, I passed by Ai Weiwei’s home and studio. Outside in front of his blue door on the sidewalk was a bicycle with a basket laden with fresh flowers. It was cold winter at the time and the flowers seem so lovely and hopeful in the greyness of the surrounding bricks, streets, and overcast skies. Last week I rode my bicycle past his house again from the same studio and the mysterious bicycle was still there with a different arrangement of fresh cut flowers.
Reservoir, Wu Xiaowu
Beijing artist Wu Xiaowu studied photography and Chinese traditional painting at the Modern Art Institute of Tianjin Art Academy. Telescope is pleased to present his first solo exhibition, entitled Reservoir.