The Art Assassin 2

a nonfiction novel by Albert Wang, or a portrait of the artist as a young failure…

Subject: input on the subject of art world relationships? (leah stuhltrager + qi peng)

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dear qi peng-

every now and again i see something online that catches my attention and i am curious enough to search out more.

i see you visited my gallery from the sign in book. then i peeked at your flickr photos to find pictures of your visit, which made me laugh. next time introduce yourself, i like meeting people in person more than online. i am writing you because i am working on a summer exhibit/project that may interest you. i’d like to invite you to be involved with since it has parallels to your exploration of the dynamics of the art world to individual.

i’m in the midst of launching our summer show – “SUMMER SESSION” which came into being from a Call For Entries. this particular show has taken on a life of its own and been a very interesting experience for me as a gallerist. in short, the curatorial concept was to focus time/ money/energy meaningfully into an artist’s development and the creation of artwork. the show aims to promote creating something substantial and endearing beyond presentation. our gallery space would be used as the artist’s studio and the artist, creation process, and progress of public/gallery/guest vip interaction over the summer would comprise an evolving exhibit exploring relationships within the art world.

i knew it would be a new learning experience for all involved. in the past few days, i’m very proud (albeit nervous) to say that the selected artist (Jerry Blackman) and i – after a tumultuous getting to know each other phase- understand each other better. we’ve decided to blog everything – each good, bad, “oh no” and “ah-ha” moment. every press text/ pc/ cv/ photo draft and every emailed discussion (especially) will be printed and hung as part of the exhibit. the decision to hang prints of all past and future materials relating to SUMMER SESSION exposes both the gallery and artist completely. yet this action will offer an unpredicted, unique, sincere perspective.

i’m excited to see SUMMER SESSION grow beyond its conception. instead of constricting natural growth of a project as a gallerist who stands to lose control and be seen sourly, i recognize it is more important to be apart of what this project is becoming: a true exploration of the relationship of art – artist –  gallery – art world – public.

we are gearing up to launch SUMMER SESSION within the gallery space and online. as part of the project, five vips are asked to offer their input/advice/thoughts/

commentary on developing a specific aspect of art career. i’d like very much to have you participate in the project and be our vip with expertise in social networking. having you participate as a vip guest via a virtual studio visit to the project online may prove very interesting and add another new dimension.

i’d be thrilled to talk more about you participating and appreciative to hear any thoughts on the project as a whole.

warm regards,


Written by qi peng

July 7, 2009 at 2:55 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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