Published to coincide with the highly acclaimed exhibition 太平天國/Taiping Tianguo, A History of Possible Encounters: Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong in New York — this publication is an attempt to think of actual and concrete, as well as tenuous or even possibly non-existing connections between four artists in New York in the heady days of the 1980s and the early 1990s.
In recent years, Ai, Kwok, Hsieh, and Wong have come to prominence in different ways. While all of them are “Chinese,” they hail from different places, contexts, and lineages and are situated in wildly divergent art historical narratives and discursive matrices. Ai is from mainland China, Hsieh from Taiwan, Kwok from Hong Kong, and Wong from San Francisco: all arrived in New York in the late 1970s to the early 1980s and lived there until the early 1990s. Ai, Kwok, and Wong returned to their hometowns in the early 1990s, while Hsieh continues to live in New York. Wong died in 1999.
Edited by Doryun Chong and Cosmin Costinas
Designed by Textandpictures
Published by Para Site and Sternberg Press
Title: Taiping Tianguo
Subtitle: A History of Possible Encounters
Format: Paperback, 144pp, 170 x 240 mm