designboom book report: michael lin
designboom book report: michael lin designboom book report: michael lin
aug 28, 2010

designboom book report: michael lin

‘house’, 1998, installation at bamboo curtain studio, taipei

editors: texts by nicolas bourriaud, bruce grenville, hou hanru, vivan rehberg, annette tietenberg, graphic design by gabriele sabolewski publisher: hatje cantz language: english year: 2010 size: 200 pages, 22.50 x 28.60 cm isbn: 978-3-7757-2429-6


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contemporary artist michael lin is known for producing ambitious installations that reconfigure public spaces and pre-existing architectural structures.

content born in japan, but raised in taiwan, michael lin’s mural sized paintings depict floral patterns and designs which have been derived from traditional taiwanese textiles. his site-specific works take over the spaces in which they are executed, creating a non-traditional encounter between art and audience.

this publication is the first comprehensive overview of michael lin’s practice. it includes, texts by curators and writers who have collaborated previously with lin, including nicolas bourriaud (gulbenkian curator for contemporary art at tate britain), bruce grenville (senior curator at the vancouver art gallery), hou hanru (director of exhibitions and public programs, and chair of exhibition and museum studies at the san francisco art institute).

is it for me? the book provides a nice overview of lin’s contemporary art practice. it provides colorful illustrations of key projects, and how each individual hand-painted mural, though similar in imagery, presents differently in each of the diverse architectural and public spaces in which they are presented.

‘honolulu’, 2005

‘georgia street plaza, 23.01 – 02.05.10’, 2010, installation at the vancouver art gallery

‘atrium stadhuis den haag, 12.07 – 08.09.2002’, 2002, installation at atrium stadhuis, the hague

left: beijing, 2006 right: ‘windscape’, 2006 installation at tang contemporary art center, beijing

‘windscape’, 2006 installation at tang contemporary art center, beijing

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