CG: Galerie Lelong Represents Chinese Artist Lin Tianmiao (City Guide Magazine)


CG: Galerie Lelong Represents Chinese Artist Lin Tianmiao

July 26, 2012 - by NYC News Desk

Galerie Lelong New York has announced its representation of Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao.

Born in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province in 1961, Lin Tianmiao is one of the first female artists from China to achieve international recognition. During the 1980s, Lin studied in the Fine Art Department of the Capital Normal University in Beijing. Following her studies, she moved to New York with her husband Wang Gongxin, a celebrated video artist. They returned to China in 1995, where they now reside. Early in her career, Lin worked as a successful textile designer, later translating her experience along with the crafts of weaving, sewing, and embroidery into her practice as a visual artist.

Best known for her installations—such as The Proliferation of Thread Winding (1995) consisting of a bed of needles linked to individually hand-wrapped balls of white cotton thread, with a monitor depicting the artist's painstaking handicraft laid beneath a sheer pillowcase—Lin also works in sculpture, photography, video, and a variety of other media. Like The Proliferation of Thread Winding, much of her work addresses women's issues. Lin links thread and the activity of binding and weaving to the female experience and her Chinese background, but the final result evokes a shared human experience for the viewer, regardless of gender, race, or nationality. Conceptual and obsessed with the intricately hand-made, Lin’s work operates within numerous dichotomies such as the private vs. public, personal vs. cultural, male vs. female, natural vs. unnatural, remembered past vs. lived present. Through the use of common materials and the transformation of quotidian objects, Lin evokes personal interpretations for each viewer while maintaining a universally recognized experience.

From September 7, 2012 to January 27, 2013, the Asia Society Museum in New York will present Bound Unbound, Lin Tianmiao’s first major solo museum exhibition in the United States. The exhibition will survey the last 20 years of Lin’s career and will include several entirely new installations. An illustrated catalogue with a statement by the artist and essays by leading scholars on Chinese and Feminist art will accompany the exhibition.

For more information on Bound Unbound click here.

Lin’s first exhibition with Galerie Lelong will be presented in New York from October 25 to December 8, 2012. The exhibition will highlight Lin’s installation Badges (2009), a collection of hanging embroidery hoops in various sizes, each emblazoned with a different word used to describe women in contemporary culture. The work was previously shown using only Chinese characters, but Lin has created a selection of hoops embroidered in English to be integrated into the installation, fostering a new cross-cultural identity. Sculpture and a large-scale piece from The Same series will also be on view.

To find out more about Lin Tianmiao, visit or

The gallery is located on West 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in Chelsea (528 West 26th Street, NYC). Summer Hours: July 3 - August 3: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pmAugust 6 - September 5: By appointment only.

Pictured: Lin Tianmiao with Focus


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