Tseng Kwong Chi
Jan 10 – Mar 9
Opening: Tuesday, Jan 9, 6 – 8pm
The gallery is honoured to present an exhibition of Hong Kong-born artist Tseng Kwong Chi’s pioneering body of photographic work. Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990), the son of exiled Chinese nationalists, was born, raised and educated in Hong Kong. After emigrating to Canada with his family and studying art at the Académie Julian in Paris, he settled in New York City in 1978 and found his artistic milieu in the East Village scene. In these gelatin silver prints, taken with a classic Rolleiflex camera, he appears with his ID badge and Mao suit as an ‘ambiguous ambassador’. Tseng’s play upon certain stereotypes, his sly, sardonic depictions of iconic western architecture and Americana scenes, as well as his earnest search for the sublime in nature, is uncannily contemporaneous in style and content. His work, which fused conceptual, performance and fine art, not to mention his prescient practice of taking ‘selfies’ predating the social media era, continues to influence generations of young artists today.
Ben Brown Fine Arts opened its first location on Cork Street in the heart of Mayfair, London, in 2004. The gallery has prominently positioned itself on the contemporary art scene with the sole UK representation of artists such as Ron Arad, Tony Bevan, Ori Gersht, Candida Höfer, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Heinz Mack, Vik Muniz, Gavin Turk and Not Vital. Also renowned for its strong expertise in 20th century Italian art, the gallery has been exhibiting the work of Alighiero Boetti and Lucio Fontana, amongst others, since its inception. In 2008, Ben Brown Fine Arts opened a new exhibition space on Brook’s Mews, also in Mayfair, designed by architect Alexander Maybank. The office and viewing room are conveniently located across from the gallery space.
In 2009, the gallery took its first step in an international expansion with the opening of an exhibition space in Hong Kong. Designed by André Fu, Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong was the first Western gallery to open in the iconic Pedder Building, offering a programme of international art exhibitions tailored to the Asian market. Since its inception, the Hong Kong gallery has hosted exhibitions of gallery artists such as Ron Arad, Miquel Barceló, Candida Höfer, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Heinz Mack and Vik Muniz as well as presented exhibitions of important modern artists, most notably Alighiero Boetti and Pablo Picasso.