Lin Tianmiao is among the first generation of Chinese contemporary artists to receive international recognition. The work Protruding Patterns was shown at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); Long Museum, Shanghai (2016); and Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016). Protruding Patterns is Lin’s first major solo exhibition in New York since 2012, when she presented Bound Unbound at the Asia Society Museum and Badges at Galerie Lelong & Co. This fall, Lin will also be featured in Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Lin will present a solo exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Glass, which will simultaneously feature her work in the group exhibition Annealing. In Spring 2018, Lin will also present a solo exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai. Her work is in many prestigious institutions worldwide including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hong Kong Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Seattle Art Museum; Shanghai Museum of Glass; Sherman Foundation, Sydney; and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.

The artist and curator Savona Bailey-McClain

Lin Tianmiao was born in 1961 in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China. Her father was an ink painter and master calligrapher and her mother studied and taught traditional dance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Capital Normal University in Beijing in 1984.

She lived in Brooklyn from 1988 to 1994. She returned to Beijing in 1995 and converted her home into an open studio which was an important venue for Apartment Art. Lin is married to video artist Wang Gongxin and has a son, Shaun. She lives in Beijing. Lin and her husband work together and he runs her website as well as is in charge of her publicity. They also collaborate on experimental exhibitions in their home that further investigate the materials that Lin is drawn to and often uses in her work.

Lin started her career as a textile designer and used the skills she learned later on in her work. She transitioned from textile design to art because she felt like design was limiting her creativity and suppressing her expression. Lin and her husband participated in and were involved with the Beijing Young Artists’ Painting Society, which was contiguous with the ’85 Art New Wave Movement. “It was more conservative, but it was also innovative” said Lin in an interview about her involvement in the Beijing Young Artists’ Painting Society compared to the ’85 Art New Wave Movement. Lin co-founded the Loft New Media Art Center in 2001. She had a 2006 residency at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute  where she experimented with paper media and printmaking. Since the mid-1990s, her works have been included in every major international museum show on Chinese contemporary art.


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