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On the Drawing Board: Art Camp

<B>ART CAMP:</B> If only for a month, Robert Wilson is the unofficial ambassador to China’s art world, having recruited seven Chinese artists to participate in the Watermill International Summer Arts Program, the annual workshop he runs near...

ART CAMP: If only for a month, Robert Wilson is the unofficial ambassador to China’s art world, having recruited seven Chinese artists to participate in the Watermill International Summer Arts Program, the annual workshop he runs near Southampton, N.Y.

The artists — Aniwar, Cao Fei, Zhan Huan, Linj Jian, Shi Yong, Xu Zhen and Jinshi Zhu — have been camping out on Wilson’s property and working with 40 students with the objective of developing projects to be presented in theaters, museums and public spaces around the world. The design of a public square in Helsinki, Finland, the renovation of a theater in Naples, Italy, and an opera production for the Guggenheim’s “Works & Process” program are in development.

Wilson’s annual summer benefit, to be held July 31, is aptly named “China Moon,” referencing its symbolism of renewed life, new hope and new prospects. As part of their summer residency, the seven artists are teaming with Wilson for a walk-through-the-woods installation and vignettes to be played out at the event, sponsored by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Wilson also cast several regular guests from his past parties to participate in a video portrait sculpture that will be shown, with clips of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Chuck Close.

This story first appeared in the July 23, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.