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Hsu, Tishan

Sophie Howarth

in Oxford Art Online

Published online December 2000 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Boston, MA, Jan 10, 1951).

American sculptor and painter. He completed a BSAD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, in 1973 and in 1975 completed his Masters in Architecture there. His earliest paintings were influenced by the work of American Realist painters such as Edward Hopper and George Bellows, but in 1963 he adopted abstraction. During the early 1970s he travelled regularly to New York, where he settled in 1977, and was influenced by the work of such Minimalist and Post-Minimalist artists as Carl Andre and Richard Serra. During the 1980s he made reliefs such as R.E.M. (1986; London, Saatchi Gal., see 1990 exh. cat. p. 62), which combined handmade elements with a machine aesthetic. In making these works Hsu used computerized equipment to convert found or invented images into oversized silkscreens, and then transferred the motifs onto spray-painted wood or canvas using industrial printers. The surfaces of the works resembled the half-tone dot system used in mass-produced commercial photographic printing. Towards the later 1980s, Hsu based many of his paintings on grid structures. At this time he also began making sculptures and paintings that combined industrial scale, high-tech materials and electronic imagery with forms suggestive of the body or landscape in transformation. As several of the free-standing sculptures from this time stood on wheels, both the quality of the digitized imagery and the structure itself implied movement. Works such as ...

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Subjects: Painting ; Architecture ; Sculpture and Carving ; Art of the United States ; 20th-Century Art ; Contemporary Art

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