Terence Koh

Canadian, b. 1977

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Terence Koh

Canadian, b. 1977

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Terence Koh rapidly gained notoriety in the art world following his installation at Art Basel in 2007, which featured clumps of the artist’s own excrement covered in gold leaf. Such subversive gestures pay homage to Marcel Duchamp and the Dada movement, while other works such as Big White Cock (2006) examine symbols of gay subculture and the fetishization of objects. Another strain of Koh’s work explores spirituality and asceticism, as in his 2011 performance entitled nothingtoodoo, in which Koh took a vow of silence, dropped to his knees, and repeatedly circled a massive pile of salt for hours at a time. Koh’s diverse oeuvre encompasses sculptures, installations, and performance works, raising questions that range from how to define the role of the artist to what constitutes “otherness” in contemporary society.

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Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

Terence Koh rapidly gained notoriety in the art world following his installation at Art Basel in 2007, which featured clumps of the artist’s own excrement covered in gold leaf. Such subversive gestures pay homage to Marcel Duchamp and the Dada movement, while other works such as Big White Cock (2006) examine symbols of gay subculture and the fetishization of objects. Another strain of Koh’s work explores spirituality and asceticism, as in his 2011 performance entitled nothingtoodoo, in which Koh took a vow of silence, dropped to his knees, and repeatedly circled a massive pile of salt for hours at a time. Koh’s diverse oeuvre encompasses sculptures, installations, and performance works, raising questions that range from how to define the role of the artist to what constitutes “otherness” in contemporary society.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Terence Koh
Articles Featuring Terence Koh
From Matisse to Turrell, 8 Artists Who Designed Transcendent Chapels
Apr 10th, 2017
How Artists Have Responded to the Tragedy in Orlando
Jun 30th, 2016
Terence Koh Stages a Bold Return to the Art World—and a Chapel for Bees
May 26th, 2016
10 Artists You Didn’t Know Were Canadian
Oct 24th, 2013
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