September 7 2012 – January 20 2013
Asia Society Museum presents the first major solo exhibition in the United States of leading Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao. Surveying the past 20 years, this exhibition highlights the remarkably consistent focus on women’s issues that is subtly embodied in her work.
The exhibition — a series of installations and sculpture with a textile focus — will fill Asia Society’s entire Museum space. Many of the works have never been seen outside of China and several are new works.
An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, and include a statement by the artist as well as essays by leading scholars on Chinese art and feminism.
Lin Tianmiao was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China in 1961. The daughter of two artists, Lin was taught a variety of traditional crafts at a young age. It was much later in her life as a textile designer and then as a visual artist that those craft skills reemerged and evolved as materials, texture, physicality and hand work became driving forces in Lin’s work. Having spent time in New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she and her artist husband Wang GongXin now live and work in Beijing.
Lin Tianmiao is only one of a handful of female artists in China who has maintained a high profile on the international art scene. Her work is held in the collections of top museums around the world.
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