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Treasures of the Met, Vol. II: I'm sure I've mentioned before that my favorite part of the Met is the Douglas Dillon Galleries for Chinese Painting. In addition to ancient office supplies (which turned out to be part of the permanent exhibit) they have a rotating gallery of painting/calligraphy that's always great. Currently showing is a travelling exhibit of the work of Luo Ping, an eighteenth-century painter with a surrealist sensibility.

Pictures of his stuff are really difficult to find, but here's one of the better ones. Luo Ping collaborated with a poet friend to create a folio of paintings of animals along with Aesop-like moral poems. He left lots of space for the poet to write his poem. And the poet wrote little tiny poems in tiny characters, creating a work with a disorienting amount of whitespace. The linked picture, in case you didn't click, is a picture of some ants, and a little poem about ants with the characters arranged so that they themselves look like a line of ants.

(That's not really a story about Lou Ping's craziness, but it shows the kind of person he hung out with.)

There were also two works that had been the subject of repeated commentary. One of them was a small collection of normal-sized paintings on an enormous scroll with about 170 commentaries tacked onto it. It looked like a Digg thread, and the placard said that Luo Ping took the scroll on his travels as a kind of resume. There was also a series of paintings of ghosts, which had been posted to Digg (as it were) twice: first as "What the government doesn't want you to know about ghosts" and then a hundred years later as "Amusing pictures of ghosts [pics]".

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