Terence Koh, ‘where is the space? where is the race of humans?’, 2016, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

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Terence Koh‘s work combines a diverse range of media, sometimes culminating in durational performances and large-scale installations. He creates environments where memory and imagination merge with history and humanity, exploring subjects such as nature, mythology, religion, identity, power, and sexuality – often in a provocative manner. Koh’s work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and the 2008 Yokohama Triennial. He held solo exhibitions at MUSAC, León, Spain (2008); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2008); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2006); and at the Vienna Secession, Austria (2005). His work is in the permanent collections of the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Framing courtesy of The Painters Place

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles

About Terence Koh

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.

Canadian, b. 1977, Beijing, China, based in New York, New York