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b. 1962, South Korea

Do Ho Suh Biography

Do Ho Suh (서도호) is a Korean sculptor and installation artist. After completing his BFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture at Yale University, Suh fulfilled his mandatory service to the South Korean military before returning to his artistic practice. Spatial and psychological migration is a central theme in Suh’s work, particularly as the artist divides his time between New York, London, and Seoul.

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Suh’s works question the identity of the individual in an increasingly globalised society and explore how people inhabit public spaces. In his installation Some/One, Suh recalls his time spent in the South Korean military by layering the gallery floor with military dog tags. This work, among several of his others, questions the strength of the individual versus a group. His sculptures and installations defy preconceived notions of large scale works with their intricate detailings. Of particular interest is the notion of home and what constitutes the concept of home. The artist explores this through his works that use transparent fabric to create details from his parents home, and creates ghostly objects that evoke the sense of loss and memory.

Do Ho Suh’s work is held in collections worldwide including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate Modern, London; Artsonje Center, Korea; and Mori Art Museum, Japan. His Recent exhibitions have included Specimen Series at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong (2013-2014), and New Works at STPI, Singapore (2015).

Suh represented Korea at the 2010 Venice Biennale, the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, and the 2012 Gwangju Biennial. A retrospective of the artist’s work was held at the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum in 2002.

Do Ho Suh Featured Artworks

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Undressing by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhUndressing, 2020Charcoal, ink, watercolour on paper
18 x 26 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Smoke Detector, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhSmoke Detector, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2017Cyanotype on Saunders Waterford 638gsm paper
30 x 30 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Fuse Box, Unit G5 Union Wharf, 23
Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SB, UK by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhFuse Box, Unit G5 Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SB, UK, 2017Gelatine tissue, thread embedded in STPI handmade cotton paper
92.5 x 97 x 4.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Staircase by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhStaircase, 2017Thread embedded in cotton paper
98.9 x 63.8 inches
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Entrance, Ground Floor, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhEntrance, Ground Floor, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2016Thread drawing, gelatine sheet embedded on STPI handmade cotton paper
311.5 x 259 x 10 cm
Victoria Miro Contact Gallery
Hub, Unit G5, Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SB, UK by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhHub, Unit G5, Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SB, UK, 2015Polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes
214.2 x 303.5 x 190.3 cm
Victoria Miro Contact Gallery
Specimen Series: Corridor/First Floor 1, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhSpecimen Series: Corridor/First Floor 1, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013Polyester fabric, stainless steel wire
30 x 29.4 x 5 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery

Do Ho Suh Current Viewing Rooms

Contemporary art exhibition, hOMe, hOMe at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
13–27 July 2020 hOMe Lehmann Maupin

Do Ho Suh Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Do Ho Suh, Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro, Venice
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25 May–7 July 2018 Do Ho Suh Victoria MiroVenice
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, the approach at Gazelli Art House, Baku
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23 June–17 September 2017 Group Exhibition the approach Gazelli Art HouseBaku
Contemporary art exhibition, Do Ho Suh, Passage/s at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
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20 March–13 May 2017 Do Ho Suh Passage/s Lehmann MaupinHong Kong

Do Ho Suh Represented By

Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, Seoul
Victoria Miro contemporary art gallery in Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom Victoria Miro London, Venice

Do Ho Suh In Ocula Magazine

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The most searched artists on Ocula now Ocula Photolog The most searched artists on Ocula now

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Phong Bui Ocula Conversation Phong Bui By Stephanie Bailey, New York

In March 2014, a show opened at Paul Kasmin Gallery titled Alexander the Great: The Iolas Gallery 1955–1987, which celebrated the legendary gallerist Alexander Iolas, who was among the first to introduce American audiences to Surrealism and who gave Andy Warhol his first gallery exhibition (and, coincidentally, also his last in 1987). The...

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Do-Ho Suh Ocula Conversation Do-Ho Suh By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Do-Ho Suh has a lot going on.  When I meet with him he has just arrived from Korea following the opening of his most ambitious project to date – the installation of his work Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.  The site specific installation involved...

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MMCA Seoul's First Steps Ocula Report MMCA Seoul's First Steps By Ines Min, Seoul

South Korea’s most anticipated event of the year, the opening of MMCA Seoul, is a milestone for the national museum and local art scene. The new outpost of South Korea’s singular, national contemporary art museum is situated on a minefield of historic structures, set within a zoning law nightmare, and sandwiched between...

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Do Ho Suh In Related Press

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Too Big for a Booth? Art Basel Still Has Room for Your Art Related Press Too Big for a Booth? Art Basel Still Has Room for Your Art 11 June 2019, The New York Times

Since it was begun in 2000, Unlimited, which is offered only at the fair in Basel, has proved to be a particularly popular draw. Most people attending the fair–there were 95,000 last year–are expected to visit the section, not only for the sheer wow factor of the works, but also for the relevance of its offerings. 'I often tell people that...

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 7 June 2019, ARTnews

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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Do Ho Suh’s spatial explorations launch at Victoria Miro in Venice Related Press Do Ho Suh’s spatial explorations launch at Victoria Miro in Venice 30 May 2018, Wallpaper*

The South Korean artist Do Ho Suh, is a perfect complement to ‘Freespace’, the theme of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. His fascination with rendering the built environment appears to suggest both form and memory in his work, which straddles drawing and sculpture. Victoria Miro gallery’s exhibition in Venice is the result of a three-year...

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Do Ho Suh in Venice: the lives of others Related Press Do Ho Suh in Venice: the lives of others 11 May 2018, Financial Times

'The house we were born in is more than an embodiment of home, it is also an embodiment of dreams.' The French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's tender observation, made in his hymn to architecture, The Poetics of Space, speaks eloquently to the art of Do Ho Suh.

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Do Ho Suh In Video & Audio

How This Globetrotting Artist Redefines Home and Hearth Related Video & Audio How This Globetrotting Artist Redefines Home and Hearth 11 April 2018, Smithsonian.com

You are invited into Do Ho Suh's apartment. You put down your bag, remove your coat and step inside. The hallway changes color as you proceed, first pink, then green and then blue. It's narrow, but it feels spacious. There is a red staircase outside, and beyond it people are moving around. You can see them, right through the walls. Cabinet handles...

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