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The Shanghai Riddle

September 3, 2008

There’s been a fair bit of appropriation of design from China lately. Maarten Baas’s collaboration with Pearl Lam of Contrast Gallery is the latest. Baas created a series of hand-carved elm replicas of ordinary Chinese plastic chairs for his exhibition, “The Shanghai Riddle.”

Maarten Baas, Plastic Chair in Wood, 2008. Carved elmwood with varnish. Edition of 50.

Maarten Baas, Stack of Plastic High Stools in Elm, 2008. Edition of 50.

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Martin Creed Work No. 850

September 2, 2008

In Palermo we went to see the catacombs of the Capuchin monks. We were very late and only had five minutes to see it all before closing time. To do it we had to run. I remember running at top speed with my friends through the catacombs looking desperately left and right at all of the dead people hanging on the walls in their best clothes, trying our best to see it all… it was a good way to see it. It was that kind of delirious running which makes you laugh uncontrollably when you’re doing it. I think it’s good to see museums at high speed. It leaves time for other things.
– Martin Creed

Martin Creed’s commission for Tate Britain involves a sprinter running as fast as she or he can through the Neoclassical gallery every 30 seconds. Each run is followed by a 30 second pause “like a music rest.” From the gallery website:

This work celebrates physicality and the human spirit. Creed has instructed the runners to sprint as if their lives depended on it. Bringing together people from different backgrounds from all over London, Work No. 850 presents the beauty of human movement in its purest form, a recurring yet infinitely variable line drawn between two points.

For reasons of safety, we ask the public not to run or obstruct the runners.

One wonders whether Puma was a sponsor?

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Anish Kapoor

September 16, 2007

at Galleria Continua

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February 4, 2007

NAMOC stands for National Art Museum of China. Nick was back in town for the opening of the Guggenheim-NAMOC joint show of 100 years of American art, so we went for a look.

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