Tishan Hsu

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Image courtesy of Empty Gallery

Becoming Fish, 1996, ink and acrylic on linen, 59 3/4” x 72”, Image courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery

Outer Banks of Memory, 1984, acrylic, concrete, styrofoam, oil, enamel on wood, 90” x 96”. Image courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery

Cordless 2.0, 2018, ink and acrylic on linen, 71” x 71″. Image courtesy of Empty Gallery

Toxic Rain, 1990, ink, acrylic on linen, 71” x 71’’. Image courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery

Suture, 1997, ink, acrylic on linen, 95” x 71”. Image courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery

Born in Boston, Massachusetts , Hsu spent his very early years in Zurich, Switzerland. He grew up in Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and New York. Hsu had his first one-person show as a teenager in Virginia, where his paintings were exhibited throughout the region. He studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his B.S.A.D. in 1973 and M.Arch. in 1975. While at MIT, he studied film at the Carpenter Center, Harvard University. He moved to New York in 1979, where he currently resides. Hsu first showed in New York at the Pat Hearn Gallery. Since 1985, Hsu has shown extensively in the US, Europe and Mexico with works in many public and private collections. From 1988-90, Hsu lived and worked in Cologne, Germany.

From 2013-2016, Hsu maintained a studio in Shanghai, China, where he has been working on a project using historical photographs discovered in photo albums of his extended family. Much of the artist’s work has attempted to convey an embodied technology. Hsu’s interest in technology has not been in the use of a particular apparatus but the perception of a technological affect. His work has included paintings, digital media projections and sculpture.

Selected public collections include MetropolitanMuseum, NewYork, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, High Museum, Atlanta, Terra Museum, Mexico City, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and the Weisman Museum, Minneapolis. Hsu has served as a Member of the Board of White Columns and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has been a Professor of Visual Arts at Sarah Lawrence College, and a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and Harvard University.

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, B.S.A.D., M.Arch.

Public Collections

Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Centre George Pompidou, Paris
High Museum, Atlanta
Terra Museum, Mexico City
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida
C21 Museum, Nashville, Tennessee
Weisman Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Residency

1988 - 1990
Cologne, Germany

Teaching

1994 - Present
Professor of Visual Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
2005 - 2006
Visiting Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1993 - 1996
Visiting As sistant Professor, Patt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1997
Visiting Artist: Tyler School of Art, Temple University
1996
Visiting Artist: Stanford University, Dept. of Art
1992
Visiting Artist: Cranbrook Academy of Art - Painting Dept.
1989
Visiting Artist: Yale University School of Art - Sculpture Dept
1987
Guest Lecturer: Columbia College, Columbia University
Guest Lecturer: Carnegi-Mellon University Art Dept.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2002
TheAnnex, New York
1991
Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
1990
Lino Silverstein Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
1989
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
1988
M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1987
Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
Hillman Holland Gallery, Atlanta
1986
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
1985
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York
1984
White Columns, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
"Guarded Future II", Downs & Ross, New York
"Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s", Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
2012
Gallery, New Yo“Desperately Seeking Susan”, Kathleen Cullen Gallery, New York
2005
“Extension – Mind to Body to Technology", San Giacomo degli italiani, Naples, Italy (with Cybercast from New York)