TSENG KWONG CHI

Tseng Kwong Chi was a photographer, born in Hong Kong, educated in Canada and Paris, and eventually settled down in New York in the 1980s. He befriended many influential artists of the era, but most notably Keith Haring, with whom he collaborated on a book and many works. Haring was a graffiti artist and Tseng photographed him in the process of creating his paintings in the New York subway. Tseng is most well-known for his series of self-portraits, called the East Meets West series. He wore what he dubbed his “Mao costume,” designed to imitate the uniform of the infamous dictator, and a pair of sunglasses. He would then pose without expression or emotion alongside iconic landmarks around the world. These included the World Trade Center, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Disneyland, among others. He was considered to be a “performance photographer” and his work was recognized for its witty and playful, yet poignant social commentary.

TSENG KWONG CHI
Oshima, Japan
silver gelatin print
16 x 20 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
London, England
silver gelatin print
16 x 20 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Bill T. Jones
C print
16 x 20 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Lake Louise, Canada
silver gelatin print
16 x 20 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Grace Jones & Keith Haring
Chromogenic print
20 1/8 x 16 1/8 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Bill T. Jones
C print
16 x 20 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Bill T. Jones
C-print
16 x 20 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Grace Jones
Chromogenic print
20 1/8 x 16 1/8 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Monument Valley, Arizona
silver gelatin print
16 x 20 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Francesco Clemente
C print
16 x 20 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Costumes at the MET
Set of 12 Photographs
8 x 8 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Keith Haring in Pop Shop
set of 15 C-print photographs
16 7/8 x 12 3/8 in.
TSENG KWONG CHI
Jean-Michel Basquiat & Andy Warhol
Cibachrome print
24 x 20 in.