Monday, September 28, 2009

Visa Difficulties

I had a really rough time getting visa matters settled for my employment visa to live and work in China. I am glad it is done, at last.

The whole process of getting this thing done is rather convoluted. When applying for a visa to work in China, it is important to allow plenty of time to get it done, and give lots of special attention to the details of paperwork and red tape.





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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Contemporary Art, Shanghai style

The big Contemporary Art Show I attended in Shanghai last week was quite an event. It was held in the big Shanghai Exhibition Center at 1000 Yan'an Zhong Lu — what an amazing facility! The Russian style architecture is beautiful, and it has all these huge open halls. I really loved the feel as soon as I walked in.

But the facility was soon overshadowed by the art hanging on its walls. I saw lots of great pieces from a wide variety of countries. I loved the anime-style Sun Wukong paintings, and was very impressed by images of cyborgs presented by a team of Japanese artists. There were all sorts of solid, well-constructed pieces that carried some real weight. Some of the pieces had clear political messages, while others were a little harder to decipher.

I was fortunate to attend the event with a painter friend. He explained the techniques used in many of the pieces, and it iwas a real joy to appreciate the art with the advantage of his expertise. I will look forward to next year's event.




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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Contemporary Art Show in Shanghai

Beginning tomorrow, there will be a big event going on in Shanghai, the Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair. It starts tomorrow and lasts through Sunday.

I'll be at the preview event tonight. If I can get back on to this site in the next few days, I'll make sure and post an update. It should be lots of fun. There are some really excellent events scheduled over the next few days — should be great for anyone who is interested in contemporary art!




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