Tseng Kwong Chi
American, 1950-1990
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Still/Moving: Photographs and Video Art from the DeWoody Collection,
Norton Museum of Art
The Pritzker Center for Photography,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera,
Grey Art Gallery

Photographer and conceptual artist Tseng Kwong Chi was born in Hong Kong, educated in Canada and Paris, and settled in New York where he befriended artists in the vibrant downtown arts scene of the late 1970s and 1980s. He documented such luminaries as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, photographing these artists in intimate and revealing portraits. His best-known work, “East Meets West,” is a series of self-portraits taken at iconic sites around the world. Tseng, wearing a costume modeled after Chairman Mao, posed in front of Walter de Maria’s The Lightning Field, the World Trade Center Towers, the Golden Gate Bridge, and other famous locations.

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