Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturday Afternoon in Williamsburg: The Williamsburg Art Wok at the Golden Dragon, Garden Kitchen, New Red House, East Meets West & New Peking

Two of the greatest things about having Dumbo Books HQ in Williamsburg are the exciting local up-and-coming artists and the prevalence of superb inexpensive Chinese takeout places. This afternoon we got to combine those virtues of the neighborhood, all within a few blocks of our house, by going on Art Wok Williamsburg.

As Papermag noted:
Seeing a similarity in the arrangement of the neighborhood's many Chinese restaurants to a traditional art district's closely placed art galleries, Yuhi Hasegawa
and Gregg Louis organized Art Wok, an all-day art crawl in which artists will display work in five restaurants. Louis told Papermag he hopes the debut project will allow artists to show their work to a "broader audience -- people who would maybe be intimidated or not as interested in making the effort to go to see art in a museum or gallery." This Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., artists, including Louis, Hasegawa, Yen-Ting Chung, Chao-Ying Lin, Akasha Wu, Hai-Hsin Huang, Robbie Huang, Jenny Lee, Habby Osk, Hui-Yu Su, Cheng-Ta Yu, and Shai Zurim will have work on display at Golden Dragon, Garden Kitchen, New Red House, East Meets West, and New Peking Chinese Restaurant. Go, have an egg roll, and see some art in an unexpected place.

Braving the frigid weather, we did just that this afternoon, and here's some of the great stuff we saw:
Golden Dragon, 394 Metropolitan Avenue. (718) 782-8024

Garden Kitchen, 487 Grand St. (718) 486-7121

New Red House, 622 Grand St. (718) 388-8111

East Meets West, 752 Metropolitan Ave., (718) 218-7777

New Peking Chinese Restaurant, 76 Bushwick Ave., (718) 388-8866

An hour after we got home, we were hungry to see more art again.

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