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David Spalding is an American art writer and curator based in Beijing. This year, he is the recipient of a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writing Grant. Spalding has served as a named correspondent / contributing editor for Art Papers, Flash Art and Contemporary magazines and was the first China correspondent for Artforum. He was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of ARTINFO China. Over the last decade, he has published over one hundred texts on contemporary art in these and many other periodicals, from Modern Painters to Yishu: The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. From 2006 to 2009, Spalding was Curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, the first international art center of its kind in China, where he helped to initiate the arts program and realized solo projects with a wide range of artists, including Feng Mengbo, Mona Hatoum, Navin Rawanchaikul, Lawrence Weiner and Yin Xiuzhen. An active independent curator, Spalding’s most recent exhibition project was Even in Arcadia: Liu Gang and Wang Jianwei at SF Camerawork (2009). Before relocating to Beijing with the aid of an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Spalding lived in San Francisco, writing for local and international publications and teaching across various graduate departments at the California College of the Arts and Mills College.