Mountain Ranger No. 1 (2016) is the most moved I've felt from a painting in as long as I can remember. If it wasn't already sold, I probably maybe possibly might have purchased it. I saw it at Art Taipei and later learned that 涂曦 (Tu Xi) is an artist working out of the 798 Art Zone in Beijing.
Taiwan holds a national lottery ($10 million TWD, about $310,000 USD) every two months with sales receipts as the tickets, an ingenious way to curb tax fraud. Shoppers are likely to want receipts if they can win something for nothing, and receipts mean businesses reporting income.
Taipei blends city and nature about as well as anywhere.
Taipei is a great city for cycling, and there are some interesting waterbirds by the river.
Some of my favorite dogs from Taiwan.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum is less than a dollar (30 NT) and it's one of my favorite places in Taiwan. During my first visit to the museum, in 2011, there was an exhibition celebrating 100 years of Taiwan.
Wang Hsin was born in Lugang (1941) and grew up in Taichung before moving to Tokyo, where she first studied animal breeding before becoming a documentary photographer.
Wang today is in her 70s. Reflecting on her career in advance of this exhibition, she wrote that photography's value "lies in its ability to document and report," and "whether or not it qualifies as personal art means little," and that she has "never been willing to reduce photography to some personal form of expression," all of which is interesting because the curator wrote that, "for [Wang] the camera is not merely a documentary device, but a tool of expression." LOL.
Wang's focus was to photography indigenous peoples, documenting people and places before they disappeared. Most of the work displayed was from the 1970s and 1980s, mostly black and white, and mostly from Taiwan but some from India, Nepal, Kashmir, and Tibet too.
Traveling almost anywhere from California usually results in disappointment when looking for vegan or vegetarian options, since almost everywhere lacks the quality and options of California; but Taipei has an impressive selection of vegan and vegetarian restaurants, because so many Taiwanese practice Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, or some combination of the above mixed with local folk religions. I had been warned that more traditional vegan restaurants in Taiwan avoid garlic and spices, so for the most part I avoided those places in favor of spicier options with more flavor.