Archive for January, 2009

Chinese puzzles: Kong Ming Suo

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Outside her school, Yamin bought several little puzzles from a street vendor. Among them was one that you may have seen before, in Chinese, 孔明锁 (kong ming suo), maybe meaning “Kong Ming Lock”. (more…)

Chinese contemporary art and meeting Ai Weiwei

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Today, Yamin and I went to Cao Chang Di, the newer village of galleries just to the north of the 798 Art Factory, to see an exhibit of Ai Weiwei’s “New York Photographs 1983-1993” at Three Shadows Photography Art Center.

Over the last few months, we’ve taken several trips to various places in Beijing, usually the 798 or Cao Chang Di areas, to visit galleries, usually with no plan but to just hop among them and see if there’s anything we particularly like. Yamin’s reasons are related to her new career as an artist, and my own reasons are that I want to learn art history, to be able to have a conversation about art, and to nurture some uneducated art ideas of my own. (more…)