One of my other favorites from the show include Bruce Nuaman's Good Boy Bad Boy (1985), which easily could have been inspirations for some of Zhang Peili's early works. As with most Nauman works, this piece makes you laugh out loud while creating an intense sense of unease. You'll have to see the video for yourself to experience the sheer insanity.
After RAM, I headed to Bund 18, where Xu Zhen/ MadeIn Company had an exhibition in the lobby. The show consists of what he calls "action" paintings (some of which I had seen in his studio a couple years back); canvases were punctured with spray paint nozzles, out of which swaths of black paint were presumably "sprayed" on. My description is a little muddled but it's difficult to explain without showing an image. Unfortunately, the way the pieces were hung made it impossible to take clear photos. I was not a big fan of the show either way. The paintings looked like temporary walls surrounding the lobby café. I'm not sure what he was going for here.
I'm off to Hong Kong Wednesday morning for Art Basel. I'll try to report regularly on all the happenings, the hot parties (which I dread), the gossip. Oh yeah, and the art.