The Dongbianmen Watchtower is one of the world’s more singular gallery spaces and it is among the best preserved sections of Beijing’s old city wall. The Red Gate Gallery, the first gallery founded by a foreigner in Beijing, has one location at the Watchtower and another in the 798 gallery district. I prefer the ambiance of the Watchtower to the old factories of 798. If you haven’t been there, go this Saturday afternoon. There is an opening, Viewing Emptiness by Shi Zhongying.
Tally Beck is a manager at the Redgate Gallery and an Asian Art History PHD student. Like everyone related to Chinese art, he is involved in numerous exciting projects. Next, he will be curating Neo-Nirvana: Contemporary Interpretations of Buddhism at the 798 Redgate Gallery. The preview date is Sunday, November 18, 3 – 6 pm, and participating artists are Gade, Sheng Qi, Shi Zhongying, Tan Ping, Tsering Nyandak / Yak Tsetan and Zheng Xuewu. Visit the website for more info: www.redgategallery.com.
Helen Couchman, was also visiting the Red Gate on that day and looking quite ready for autumn. As it turns out, I was wearing a similar herringbone sport coat, but did not include the picture since people mights call me vain. She is a well-known photographer whose work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in Beijing and London. I think you can still see some of her recent work at Gallery Perif, in 798. Check her website http://www.helencouchman.co.uk for more information.