Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of sculptures and works on paper by Anne Chu
(1959 - 2016). The presentation will be both a tribute to the life of the artist and the unveiling of recent artworks.
Anne Chu created her work with a view to history and the lasting contributions of distinct cultures and times.
Borrowing from and paying homage to Eastern and Western cultures, her works celebrate resonant archetypes and
the spirit of legend: guardian figures, children, animals, warriors and angels. Building upon tradition, she looked to
the future with invention and experimentation, using unexpected materials and formats that challenged the tenets
of weight and volume, of space and gravity. She also played with the interpretation of her work, using figuration
and abstraction simultaneously.
“More artificial than natural, Chu’s work represents representation over time, time contained and
objectified on every level of her art’s imagery, making and reception.” - Ingrid Schaffner
from her essay in Anne Chu: Animula Vagula Blandula, catalog for the exhibition, Kunstmuseum Krefeld,
Sept 2012 - April 2013
New works in the exhibition speak to the underwater world. An experienced diver, Chu references the sensations of
transparency through glass, of floating by means of suspended shapes, of living surfaces through sewn cloth, leather
and laminated fabric. A series of works on paper, Burial of the Sardine, celebrates Goya’s 1810 painting of pre-
Anne Chu’s studio practice was based in New York, the city of her birth and upbringing. After graduating from the
Philadelphia College of Art, she returned to NY and Columbia University where she received her MFA. With artist
and friend Paul Bloodgood she co-directed AC Project Room. She had over thirty solo exhibitions at galleries and
museums internationally, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Donald
Young Gallery. Her works were featured in the 54th Carnegie International in 2004, in a two-person show with
Matthew Monahan at the ICA Philadelphia, and in the Art Basel Parcours program, curated by Jens Hoffman for
Art Basel 2011.
Anne Chu has also been the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards from: the John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, NEA/ Arts International, Art Matters, and her works are in
major museum collections. Her work, a special commission, Mountain Views, is on permanent view at the US
Embassy in Beijing.
The gallery thanks Anne Chu’s family for their assistance and encouragement in organizing this exhibition.
The exhibition will take place at Anglim Gilbert Gallery’s second location at Minnesota Street Project, a new
arts venue in the ‘Dogpatch’ arts district of San Francisco.