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  • Telescope: China | Xie Hong Dong

    Telescope: China | Xie Hong Dong

    In 2008, Hammer Projects curator James Elaine relocated to China. He has since settled in Beijing and opened the nonprofit art space Telescope. Jamie is our feet on the ground and bring us his musings on art, life in China, and anything else that might strike his fancy.

  • Telescope: China | Hunan, Part 2

    Telescope: China | Hunan, Part 2

    This post is from the first trip I made to Hunan with Xie Hong Dong last summer, to visit artist Wu Xiaowu, his wife Jia Jia, and Yuan Yuan, their 1 year-old baby girl. Xiaowu (shao-woo) had his first show at Telescope, my non-profit space in Beijing, in 2014.

  • Telescope: China | Hunan, Part 1

    Telescope: China | Hunan, Part 1

    Hunan is a province in southern China (about 900 miles south of Beijing) well known for its natural beauty, spicy food, and the birthplace of Chairman Mao. Actually, huge portraits of Mao still hang prominently in the foyers of many of the homes in China, especially in the countryside where things have changed very slowly over the years.