Born in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, in 1961, Lin Tianmiao is one of the first female Chinese artists accorded international recognition. Lin studied at the fine art department of the Capital Normal University in Beijing, earning a BFA in 1984. She moved to Williamsburg in New York a few years later with her husband Wang Gongxin, a celebrated video artist. They returned to China in 1995, where they now live and work in a spacious villa just outside Beijing. Lin began her career as a textile designer, later incorporating weaving, sewing and embroidery into her fine art practice.
A multidisciplinary artist, she also works in sculpture, photography, video and a number of other media. Much of her work addresses women’s issues, connecting thread to her personal history. Investing in the arduously hand-made both emotionally and conceptually, Lin transforms ordinary objects made from commonplace materials into something rare, evocative and universal. Among recent solo exhibitions was one at the How Art Museum, Wenzhou, China, as well as at Galerie Lelong in Paris and New York, the Asia Society, New York, and the Beijing Centre for the Arts. She has also participated in numerous international group exhibitions and is widely collected.
Interview by LILLY WEI
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
Translation by ALEX MA
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Beijing's 798 Art District
A decade ago, setting up radical art studios in the workshops of a largely abandoned military electronics complex on the fringe of Beijing was considered to be intriguing and provocative. Today, Factory 798 is a warren of contemporary art galleries, studios and cafes, luring artists and visitors, students and collectors from across China and overseas.
The Gao Xingjian Experience: A Personal Journey to the Infinite
'The Gao Xingjian Experience' is the first retrospective art exhibition in Asia of the celebrated multifaceted writer-painter, Gao Xingjian, who was propelled from obscurity to international prominence when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. The first Chinese-language Nobel Prize Laureate, who is known for his Modernist and Humanist works of universal validity, Gao is also an eminent artist whose dark, stark, ink paintings highlight the transitory nature of existence.
The John Bellany Odyssey - paintings from Italy, China and the Tsunami
John Bellany's paintings are among the most confrontational, humanistic paintings produced in Britain in recent history. Layered with references to the expressionist tradition in art, and to his own dramatic life, recent death and incredible survival, they are allegories of mortality that have no rival today.
Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Established in 1928, the China Academy of Art is the first comprehensive art academy in China committed to integrating eastern and western art in its curriculum, while creating contemporary art according to the principles of Chinese culture. The new Xiangshan campus, located in the outskirts of Hangzhou, marks another chapter in the development of the school towards a 21st-century educational model.
LAVA: Home of the Future
Home of the Future, one of the prominent and current projects by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) Asia Pacific, was exhibited at the University of Technology Sydney Architecture Warehouse in Chippendale, Sydney, 16 March