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Meet the Artist: Lin Tianmiao on Public Art in China

January 12, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tune in to hear Lin Tianmiao, perhaps China’s most famous woman artist, and art writer Barbara Pollock discuss Lin’s new post-feminist work and the rapid rise of large-scale public art projects in China. Lin, who is best known for thread-bound objects that evoke gender roles in contemporary society, is now exploring such themes as time, loss, and individualism in the face of modernization.

Speakers’ Bios

Lin Tianmiao is one of China’s most famous women artists. She is best known for her large-scale installations of thread-bound objects. Often wrapping or binding synthetic bones or wooden frames with hair, silk, or thread, Lin brings up issues of traditional crafts and gender roles within contemporary society. “My work is like drinking tea. You understand how and what it is only after drinking it,” she explained. In 2013, Lin’s work was featured in her first solo museum exhibition in the US, “Bound Unbound,” at the Asia Society Museum in New York. The artist lives and works in Beijing. Her work is in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Fukuoka Museum of Asian Art, and others.  On January 12, Lin Tianmiao joins renowned art journalist Barbara Pollack to discuss her trailblazing career, and the challenges faced by Chinese artists around the world.

Barbara Pollack is the co-founder and co-director of Art at a Time Like This Inc.,  a platform for free expression for artists at times of crises.  An author and curator, Pollack is a leading authority on Chinese contemporary art. Her latest book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise, was published in 2018.  Pollack has written extensively on contemporary Chinese art for such publications as Artnews, Art & Auction, the Village Voice, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and many others.  In addition to articles, Pollack has contributed major catalogue essays for such leading artists as Li Songsong, Lin Tianmiao, Wang Gongxin, Zhao Zhao, Sun Xun, and Tu Hongtao.  Pollack is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and frequently lectures on contemporary art at universities and museums throughout the United States and Asia.  In 2022, Pollack will be lead curator of the exhibition, Mirror Image:  Changing Chinese Identity, at the Asia Society Museum in New York.



This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


January 12, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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