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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Lin Tianmiao

b. 1961, China

Lin Tianmiao (林天苗) became one of the first Chinese women to establish herself as an internationally respected contemporary artist.

Her initial art training came from her father, from whom she learned calligraphy and traditional painting techniques. Then, having gained a BFA from Capital Normal University in Beijing in 1984, she and her husband—the artist Wang Gongxin—migrated to New York City in 1988 where they remained until 1994. Tianmiao has subsequently stressed the key significance of her time in New York in shaping her artistic attitudes. While there, Tianmiao designed textiles and in 1989 she attended The Art Students League. On her return to Beijing, she converted her home into an open studio that became one of the key venues for so-called Apartment Art. It was at this time that Tianmiao began making work involving winding thread around everyday objects. She has related this technique to childhood memories of helping her mother make clothes for her family, and the use of thread in various ways became a core characteristic of her mature work.

Her work has expanded into sculpture, photography, video and large-scale installation. She has repeatedly used images of the naked female body and, in a series of 'Body Language' sculptures, replicas of human bones.

Among Tianmiao's core concerns are the disappearance of tradition and the dehumanising pressures of contemporary society. Despite the materials and subject matter of her work, Tianmiao has rejected the suggestion that she is a feminist artist. When talking to Ocula Magazine in 2017, she explained that 'the term "feminism" is borrowed from the West.' She added that 'using a woman's perspective is something I've worked through now.'

The exhibition Bound Unbound at Asia Society Museum in New York (7 September 2012–27 January 2013) was crucial in establishing Lin Tianmiao's international reputation, and her work is now in the permanent collections of museums across Asia, Australia and the United States. She lives and works in Beijing.

Robert Ayers | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Bonsai Tree) by Lin Tianmiao contemporary artwork
Lin TianmiaoUntitled (Bonsai Tree), 2012 Bonsai tree, threads, metal constructions
95 x 65 x 95 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
More or Less the Same by Lin Tianmiao contemporary artwork
Lin TianmiaoMore or Less the Same, 2011 Polyurea, silk threads, and stainless steel
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Badges by Lin Tianmiao contemporary artwork
Lin TianmiaoBadges, 2011–2012 White silk, coloured silk thread, painted stainless steel embroidery frame, sound component
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Minty Blue by Lin Tianmiao contemporary artwork
Lin TianmiaoMinty Blue, 2012 Threads, wood frame, synthetic bones
99.1 x 88.9 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Must Be the Same by Lin Tianmiao contemporary artwork
Lin TianmiaoMust Be the Same, 2011 Embroidery, linen cloth, cotton cloth, silk cloth, silk threads, polyurea
506 x 252 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Seeing Shadow No. F-13 by Lin Tianmiao contemporary artwork
Lin TianmiaoSeeing Shadow No. F-13, 2009 C-prints on canvas, silk threads, and cotton threads
183 x 183 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Mother's!!! by Lin Tianmiao contemporary artwork
Lin TianmiaoMother's!!!, 2008 Polyurea, silk, cotton threads
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Hand Signal No. 20 by Lin Tianmiao contemporary artwork
Lin TianmiaoHand Signal No. 20, 2005 C-print, felt, synthetic hairs
148 x 118 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London
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3 July–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu Lisson Gallery, Lisson Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London
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3 July–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Lin Tianmiao, Protruding Patterns at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
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7 September–21 October 2017 Lin Tianmiao Protruding Patterns Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

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LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter Ocula Report LACMA Explores the Allure of Matter 14 Jun 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2 June 2019–5 January 2020) is an inter-generational show of 21 Chinese artists working from the 1980s to the present, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, He Xiangyu, Yin Xiuzhen, and Ma Qiusha.Staged on Level 2 of LACMA's Renzo...

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Theater of the World: Art and China after 1989 Ocula Report Theater of the World: Art and China after 1989 13 Dec 2017 : David Xu Borgonjon for Ocula

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World (6 October 2017–7 January 2018) is a survey exhibition of 'Chinese contemporary art' that studiously avoids the phrase. Curated by Alexandra Munroe, Philip Tinari and Hou Hanru, it coils chronologically up the entirety of the Guggenheim Museum's rotunda. Bisecting this spiral is Hong Kong video art...

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Artist Insight: Lin Tianmiao Ocula Insight Artist Insight: Lin Tianmiao By Robert Ayers

Although she has not had a major solo show here since the extraordinary Bound Unbound closed at Asia Society in 2013, Lin Tianmiao is currently receiving a good deal of attention in New York City. Her solo exhibition Protruding Patterns (featuring the remarkable large-scale 2014 work of the same title) was at Galerie Lelong & Co., New York,...

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s...

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In Related Press

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Woven Labours Related Press Woven Labours Art In America : 12 October 2017

Amid the dry, dusty air of June in Beijing, Lin Tianmiao's studio is a hyperclean sanctuary. Lin, China's foremost experimental woman artist, keeps anything that is less than pristine firmly locked outside. Especially at this moment, as she pushes to prepare works for imminent shipment to New York for her fall retrospective at the Asia Society. Lin...

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Treading on Euphemisms for Women Related Press Treading on Euphemisms for Women Hyperallergic : 6 October 2017

Lost in this month's furor about the use of animals in some of the works in the Guggenheim's exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, which led to the removal of three installations, is another troubling aspect: of more than 70 artists on view in that show, only 10 are women; one of those, Sarah Morris, is not even Chinese....

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From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path Related Press From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path The New York Times : 6 October 2017

Strange to say, although China has 1.4 billion people, it has only one artist, Ai Weiwei. Or so you'd think if you followed the Western news media. Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum wants to correct that impression. With work by some 70 Chinese-born artists and collectives filling most of the museum,...

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Lin Tianmiao with Kang Kang Related Press Lin Tianmiao with Kang Kang Brooklyn Rail : 5 October 2017

Lin Tianmiao is one of the most powerful female voices to emerge from and endure the vicissitudes of Chinese contemporary art over the past two decades. Since the mid-1990s, she has been making labor-intensive, traditional craft-based sculptures and installations breathtaking in their obsessive and dangerously precise transformation of everyday...

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In Video & Audio

Lin Tianmiao: Protruding Patterns Related Video & Audio Lin Tianmiao: Protruding Patterns Sinovision English Channel : 11 October 2017

From September 7h to October 21st, the main gallery of Galerie Lelong in Chelsea will be covered with a massive carpet. The bright and colorful carpet is made up of dozens of antique carpets sewn together and invites viewers to walk on it. On top of the carpet are embroidered words written in various languages including Chinese, Japanese, and...

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