Summer in Japan 

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  • I am spending summer with my family and friends in Japan. I went to this temple, Ofusa Kannon to see Furinn festival. Furinn is a small wind bell hanging outside of a house. 2000 wind bells are hanging and making pretty sounds.
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Martin Wong show at Bronx Museum

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I saw Martin Wong show at Bronx Museum by accident. I had never heard this artist. It was a great accident. He is a Latino Chinese American artist. His paintings are reflection of searching for his identity. They are very powerful and moving. There are so many great artists whom I don’t know.

Picasso Sculpture at MOMA

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The Museum of Modern Art is showing Picasso Sculpture. He is famous as a painter but not so as a sculptor. My impression is he is also great as a sculptor. I love all of them. They are gorgeous. The lines of sculptures are strong and bold yet their colors are so subtle and complicated. This is a show you must see. It’s until February 7. Hurry!

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de Kooning Sculpture, 1972-1974

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Do you know that de Kooning made not only painting but also sculptures? Here is a show at Skarstedt, de Kooning Sculptures, 1972-1974. I saw one of his big sculptures at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston years ago. I didn’t like it. I thought he was a great painter but not a sculptor. I was wrong. How beautiful his sculptures are. This show opened my eyes.

Bushwick Open Studio

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artstudio bigmacaroon derecklerner ericlindreit juanmiguelpalacios puppet puppet2 streetimageI went to Bushwick Open Studio. This is the first time I went to Bushwick, Brooklyn. According to their web site, BOS is the largest open studio event in NY. There are so many studios in wide area. I couldn’t see most of them. Here are some image photos. I love those puppets a lot. But there are so many good works I can’t show. I saw so many inspiring works today. I can’t wait to start to work my stuff!

 

The little Prince show at the Morgan library

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I went to see the show, The Little Prince, A New York Story at The Morgan library and Museum. The Little Prince is a Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s children’s novel. He wrote and illustrated in NY during World War II. The show shows his original manuscripts and illustrations. I read The Little Prince when I was 10 years old or so. I didn’t remember much of the story except scary Bao Bab tree. But I did remember the feeling I had when I read. It was like loneliness and strangeness. It was nice to see the little prince again. It brought back me to my childhood. And also now I know this book is not just for children but also adults. It seems to have philosophical aspect and have deep meaning in it. I requested the Little Prince and The biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupery from my library. I can’t wait to re-read this book. This show is until April 27, 2014.  http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?id=90

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The Missing Picture

I saw a documentary, The Missing Picture. this is a director,  Rithy Panh’s semi autobiographic film. He grown up in Cambodia during Khmer Rouge regime. The story is horrible. However, he made it so beautiful by using family photo, clay dolls and news footage. It was really moving.