Asia Society Museum To Present First Major Retrospective of Lin Tianmiao, One of China's Foremost Women Artists

Lin Tianmiao, Dreamer, 2000.

Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao

On view at Asia Society Museum, New York September 7, 2012 through January 27, 2013

Asia Society Museum presents the first major solo exhibition in the United States of leading Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao. Surveying the past 20 years, this exhibition highlights the remarkably consistent focus on women's issues that is subtly embodied in her work.

The exhibition — a series of installations and sculpture with a textile focus — will fill Asia Society’s entire Museum space. Many of the works have never been seen outside of China and several are new works.

An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, and include a statement by the artist as well as essays by leading scholars on Chinese art and feminism.

Lin Tianmiao was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China in 1961. The daughter of two artists, Lin was taught a variety of traditional crafts at a young age. It was much later in her life as a textile designer and then as a visual artist that those craft skills reemerged and evolved as materials, texture, physicality and hand work became driving forces in Lin’s work. Having spent time in New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she and her artist husband Wang GongXin now live and work in Beijing.

Lin Tianmiao is only one of a handful of female artists in China who has maintained a high profile on the international art scene. Her work is held in the collections of top museums around the world.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Asia Society will present a series of public programs focusing on the creative output of Chinese women, including theater, music, poetry, literature and film. Details about Asia Society programs in New York are available at

Image, above left: Lin Tianmiao, Dreamer, 2000. Cotton thread, white fabric, digital photograph.

About Asia Society Museum and Contemporary Asian Art

In the early 1990s, the Asia Society Museum was one of the first U.S. museums to establish an ongoing program of contemporary Asian art exhibitions. In addition, Asia Society Museum was the first U.S. museum to organize solo shows of now widely recognized artists Montien Boonma, Cai Guo-Qiang, Dinh Q. Lê, Yuken Teruya and Zhang Huan.

Asia Society Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 am–6:00 pm and Friday from 11:00 am– 9:00 pm. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. General admission is $10, seniors $7, students $5, and free for members and persons under 16. Free admission Friday evenings, 6:00–9:00 pm. The Museum is closed Fridays after 6:00 pm. from July 1 through Labor Day.

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