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Li Songsong Answers 18 Questions for Artinfo

Name: Li Songsong Age: 38 Occupation: Artist City/Neighborhood: Caochangdi, Beijing What project are you working on now? My solo show opened on May 5 at the Pace Gallery in New York. What's the last show that you saw? Richard Serra's drawings at the Metropolitan Museum What's your favorite place to see art? New York Where do you source the historical documentary images that you use? Newspapers, magazines, the Internet, books The marks on your canvases seem to be made from everything from brushes to finger-strokes and palette knives. What is the most unexpected tool you've used to make your paintings? Actually, I only use brushes. Do you consider yourself a political artist? No Why? Because I do not take politics as an aim for art. What's the most indispensable item in your studio? Music Where are you finding ideas for your work these days? Ideas come, they’re not found. What's the last artwork you purchased? A damaged stone sculpture of Buddha from the sixth century What's the first artwork you ever sold? A painting that was bought by my professor in college. What's the weirdest thing you ever saw happen in a museum or gallery? I saw someone shoot an artwork in the National Art Museum of China when I was 15 years old. What's your art-world pet peeve? Everything in the art world can be understood completely, so there is no pet peeve in the art world to me. Do you have a gallery/museum-going routine? No. It depends on my mood. What's the last great book you read? "On Ugliness" by Umberto Eco What under-appreciated artist, gallery, or work do you think people should know about? Good art will be appreciated sooner or later. Who's your favorite living artist? Ai Weiwei What are your hobbies? Listening to music

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