Special Special is a creative studio that has served many functions since its inception in 2016. As a gathering space of creative minds, we are a platform that intends to surprise, delight, and inspire through our unique perspective on everyday experiences.
From 2016-2022 Special Special has been a gallery, shop and producer of art editions for everyday appreciation based out of the East Village of New York City. We collaborated, curated and transformed our space for immersive exhibitions, workshops, events with a wide range of artists, designers, and creatives. In 2018, we started Show and Tell to share our favorite digital art projects on our email newsletter, which was more comprehensively shared during the 2021 Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair. Starting from 2019, Special Special began to venture beyond the East Village storefront to immersive pop-up shops and art experiences at MGM COTAI, Macau (2019), Museum of Art Pudong in Shanghai (2021), TX Huaihai in Shanghai (2021). As well as presenting conceptual experiences at Tank Art Festival and for Inditex at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) both in 2021 in Shanghai, China. As Special Special moves forward, we hope to expand in ever visionary directions to continue our mission of bringing forth delightful experiences to the everyday.
Founded by Wen-You Cai in 2016, the team includes Zichen Yuan, Naomi Yu and Panny Chayapumh.
As of June 2022, our East Village storefront has closed.
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