Category Archives: China Notes

Into the Fog

Beijing fog
Dongsi Shitiao on an October afternoon, 2014

My first two days in Beijing have been mostly indoors, hiding out from the thick air outside. Yesterday I went to see Xia Xiaowan’s exhibit at the Galerie Urs Miele and had a chance to talk to him about his work.

Stunning, imaginative, and thought-provoking. He has a sketch for a public sculpture that would be a slab of glass tilted into the pavement, in which he would paint 3D goldfish into the glass layers, and then the portion tipped into the pavement would be dipped in a pool with real goldfish swimming around. Wish I could commission that work to be made!

Theme of subway conversations overheard: housing prices.