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Art at Site 	www.shanghaiart.org	Chen	Li 	Dragon-Riding Bodhisattva
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Chen Li

Dragon-Riding Bodhisattva

2001
St. Regis
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Li Chen, Dragon-Riding Bodhisattva, 2001. Called the "Asian Botero" because of his fondness for rounded figures, this Taiwanese artist meditates on Buddhist subjects, taking images from the Tang and Song dynasties and giving them a contemporary spin. In this sculpture outside of the St. Regis (which has a fine art collection, including works by Botero, Joan MirĂ³ and Marc Chagall), he seems to be alluding to Guan Yin, the bodhisattva associated with compassion, who's often depicted astride a dragon.