Song Dong

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It could be considered that one of Song Dong’s most important collaborations was with his mother. In 2009, Song arranged the entire contents of his mother’s house, along with the house's small wooden frame, throughout MoMA’s expansive atrium. The installation, Waste Not (2009), revealed in its precise organization – neat rows, stacks and stockpiles of bowls, suitcases, plastic buckets, clothing, shoes, boxes, small scraps of fabric – his mother’s compulsive refusal to discard anything that... [more]
Two Artists and a Mentor   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ma Qiusha, Wang Shang at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art July 16th, 2011 - August 8th, 2011
Posted 8/7/11
It  feels like curation has become somewhat undisciplined. “Good” curation, in my experience, is distinguished by a thoughtful and productive presentation and response to the works selected. I realise this plays down the more academic aspects related to working with collections in, say, a museum context. But in the environment in China where there is little institutional support for serious curation (at least of contemporary art), you take what you can get. However, that rather negative... [more]
Song Dong at YBCA  
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Song Dong, Britta Erickson, Jennifer Ewing, Malcolm Ferris, Wu Hung, Zheng Shengtian, Cynthia Tom, Liu Xianbiao, Imin Yeh, Stella Zhang at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts February 26th, 2011 - June 12th, 2011
Posted 3/19/11
Last Saturday, I stopped by a garage sale in hopes of finding something special for my new place.  As I spoke to the seller about taking a small handpainted tray and maybe a rolltop desk away, I asked if she was doing some spring cleaning.  She explained to me that unfortunately, she was selling her mother's things.  It had been over a year since her passing, and now she was ready to let go of her mother's belongings.   Later in the afternoon, I stopped by YBCA, one of my favorites to see... [more]
Will the Pace Beijing Curator Please Stand Up?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Song Dong, Wang Guangle, Ran Huang, Wang Jin, Shi Jinsong, Su Wenxiang, Qiu Xiaofei, Hu Xiaoyuan, Yuan Yuan, LIANG Yuanwei at Pace Beijing December 30th, 2010 - February 28th, 2011
Posted 3/7/11
Although at first glance an example of the stopgap shows thrown up during Beijing’s slow season of Christmas through Chinese New Year, Pace Beijing has laid on a group show with grander aspirations. Beijing Voices: Together or Isolated addresses recent questions about the development of gallery shows in Beijing and the role of curators in general, but cuts the rug from under its own feet with confused presentation. "Beijing Voices" presents a selection of new works by 10 Chinese artists... [more]
Kitchen Catastrophes   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Song Dong at Pace Beijing October 30th, 2010 - December 18th, 2010
Posted 11/29/10
    The new series of video works by Song Dong on view at Pace Beijing continue the artist’s playful experiments with impermanence and the illusory nature of everyday objects, but are ultimately a let down due to lackluster installation. Pace Beijing has devoted a large section of their space to showing these four new video projections. Arranged asymmetrically, one on each wall in the large darkened space, these short videos begin with artful arrangements of foodstuffs in tableau that hark... [more]
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