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Gu Wenda

Mutations & Permutations

BY Rebecca Catching

Gu Wenda at Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Photo courtesy the Hood Museum of Art.

With a career covering everything from traditional Chinese calligraphy to “bio art,” and addressing themes ranging from the philosophy of language and cultural translation to cultural identity, Gu Wenda (see AAP 26, 34) is one of China’s most innovative and versatile artists. Though he has kept a low profile of late, Gu has a warehouse of ideas to explore, embodied in his studio in Shanghai, a large exposed brick-and-steel structure on Moganshan…

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