An Te Liu

Liu’s sculptures are coy compositions that appear strikingly familiar yet distant. Their seemingly unplaceable quality originates from their humble origins as packaging and found objects. The forms are carvings, mutations, and amalgamations of the protective layers that surround consumer goods.

Liu’s works occupy a conceptual space between definitions. Their chimeric quality allows them to be atemporal and coquettish— waltzing between opposing reads. A Pulcinella of sculpture, the works proffer multitudes of identities willfully embodying a paradox.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Transmission, June 9 – July 15, 2017.

An Te Liu

1967
Born in Tainan, Taiwan. Lives and works in Toronto, CAN.

Education

1990
B.A., Fine Art History, Renaissance Studies, Victoria College, University of Toronto, CAN
1995
M. Arch., Southern California Institute of Architecture (sci-arc), Los Angeles, CAN
2007-2008
Artist in Residence, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

Solo Exhibitions

2018
La Durée, Galerie Division, Toronto, CAN
New Life, MARSO, Mexico City, MX
2017
Transmission, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2015
An Te Liu—Des bribes et des morceaux, Galerie Division, Montréal, CAN
An Te Liu—Solid States, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto Sculpture Garden, Toronto, CAM
2014-2015
An Te Liu—In Absentia, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Alberta, CAN
2014
An Te Liu—The Knowing Nothing of the Thing, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, CAN
2013
MONO NO MA, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, CAN
Recodings, Bulthaup, Toronto, CAN
2012
BLAST, Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, Toronto, CAN
2011
Lost in Transaction, No. 9 Contemporary Art at Pearson Airport, Toronto, CAN
BLAST, Michael Klein Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2009
Pook X Pookie, SCI–Arc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Matter, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE
Style and Epoch, Michael Klein Gallery, Toronto
2007
Ether, The News at Five, Toronto International Art Fair
2004
Tackiness and Anti–Power, Artists Space, New York, NY
Ether, Mercer Union, Toronto, CAN
2001
Condition, Henry Urbach Gallery, New York, NY
2000
Pathology, Contemporary Art Gallery (cag), Vancouver, CAN

Group Exhibitions

2018
bust/boom, The New Gallery, Calgary
The House Imaginary, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
Nothing Stable under Heaven, SF MoMA, San Francisco
The Armory, with Anat Ebgi, New York
2017-2018
The Preservationists, Duddell's, Hong Kong
2017
Art Toronto, with Anat Ebgi, Toronto
Chicago Art Biennale, Chicago
Sticky Fingers, Arsenal Contemporary, New York
Dallas Art Fair, with Anat Ebgi, Dallas
Jeu et Diversion, Art Sounterrain, Montréal
Aéroports / Ville Monde, La Gaïté Lyrique, Paris
2016
Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, foursixonenine, Los Angeles
Terminal P, La Panacée, Montpellier
2015
Contrastes, Arsenal, Montréal
Stories Told, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto
2014-2015
Shine a Light: 2014 Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (cat.)
Suburbia—A Model Life, Art Gallery of Alberta (aga), Edmonton
2014
Der Brancusi Effekt, Kunsthalle Vienna (cat.)
Casting The Negative, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto
2013
Airport Landscape, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA
To Be Small or To Have Presents, Stichtung SEA Foundation, Tilburg3
2012
Museum for the End of the World, Nuit Blanche 2012, Toronto
Collection Tedeschi, Parisian Laundry, Montréal
Art in the Parking Lot, LAXART, Los Angeles
Local Color, San Jose Museum of Art
Full Circle, WORKShop, Toronto
2011
The More Things Change, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sfmoma)
PARAdesign, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sfmoma)
Hyper Spaces, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
Place, Toronto International Art Fair
2010
Empire of Dreams, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (mocca), Toronto (cat.)
Out of Site, Nuit Blanche, Toronto
Everything Must Go, Toronto International Art Fair
Colour Shift, CODE Screen 2010, Vancouver
2009
The Leona Drive Project, Willowdale (cat.)
EVA International—Ireland Biennial of Contemporary Art, Limerick (cat.)
Fremtidens arkitektur er grøn!, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (cat.)
Exhibition, Exhibition 211, New York
Two in One, Christie’s, Amsterdam
Transclimatic, Sydney Customs House (cat.)
2008
11th Venice Biennale of Architecture—Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, Venice (cat.)
Hier ist Amerika oder Nirgends, Galerie Ben Kaufmann / Art Berlin Contemporary (abc), Berlin (cat.)
246 and Counting, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sfmoma)
Figuration in Contemporary Design, Art Institute of Chicago (cat.)
2007
Modelle für Morgen: Köln, European Kunsthalle, Cologne
Pattern Theory, Michael Klein Gallery, Toronto
Paradox Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism, UCI Art Gallery, Irvine (cat.)
2006
Street, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Sense of the City, Centre Canadien d’Architecture (cca), Montréal (cat.)
2005
Therefore Beautiful, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal (cat.)
Airborne, Henry Urbach Gallery, New York
Re: Building the World, Edmonton Art Gallery
2004
A.C., Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Domestic Odyssey, San Jose Museum of Art (cat.)
Ziploc, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
2003
mosaiCanada: Sign and Sound, Seoul Museum of Art (sema) (cat.)
Dead Malls, Urban Center Gallery at the Municipal Art Society, New York (cat.)
Rethinking Photography IV: New Reduction as Expansion, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg
Blister In The Sun, Gallery Neubacher, Toronto
Bauhauswerk, weework, Toronto
2002
Newmodulr, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto and The Art Gallery of Calgary
Housebroken, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999
Luster, Henry Urbach Gallery, New York, NY

Bibliography - Monographs and catalogues of solo exhibitions

2015
An Te Liu. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2015. With texts by Kitty Scott, Andrew Berardini, Pablo Larios, and Ken Lum.
2014
An Te Liu—The Knowing Nothing of the Thing. Shanghai: Art Labor, 2014. With text by Daniel Ho.
2013
An Te Liu: MONO NO MA. Toronto: George R. Gardiner Museum, 2013. With text by Michael Prokopow.
2008-2009
An Te Liu: Matter. Berlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2008–09. With texts by Vanessa Joan Müller, Astrid Mania, and a conversation with Nicolaus Schafhausen.

Bibliography - Catalogues of group exhibitions

2016
Francesca Valente: Out of the Bush Garden—Contemporary Artists from Central-Eastern Canada. Venice: Antiga Edizioni, 2016.
2014
Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Greg Hill, Andrea Kunard, Jonathan Shaughnessy and Rhiannon Vogl: Shine a Light / Surgir de l’ombre: La Biennale Canadienne 2014. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2014.
2011
Michael Prokopow and Janine Marchessault, eds.: The Leona Drive Project (Public 43). Toronto: Public Access, 2011.
2010
James Gunn, ed.: One Hour Empire: Empire of Dreams. Toronto: Impulse [B:] and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 2010.
2009
Yilmaz Dziewior and Angelika Nollert: EVA 2009 Biennial of Visual Art. Cork: Gandon Editions,2009. Kjeld Kjeldsen and Michael Juul Holm, eds.: Fremtidens arkitektur er grøn!. Humlebæk: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2009.
2008
Julia Höner: Kreatur und Kosmos, Hier ist Amerika oder Nirgends. Berlin: Galerie Ben Kaufmann, 2008.
Aaron Betsky: Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, 11th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Venice: Marsilio, 2008.
Joseph Rosa: Reimagining the Ornamental, Figuration in Contemporary Design. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, 2008.
2007
Julie Carson and Nana Last, eds.: Paradox Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism. Irvine: UC Irvine, 2007.
2005
Mirko Zardini, ed.: Sense of the City: An Alternative Approach to Urbanism. Baden: CCA and Lars Müller Publishers, 2005.
Vanessa Müller: Therefore Beautiful. Kraichtal: Ursula Blickle Stiftung, 2005.
2004
JoAnne Northrup: Domestic Odyssey. San Jose: San Jose Museum of Art, 2004.
2003
Wayne Baerwaldt: mosaiCanada: Sign and Sound. Seoul: Seoul Museum of Art, 2003.

Essays and Reviews

2018
Anna Kovler: In the Studio with An Te Liu, 2018. (Link)
2017
Ellen Mara De Yachter: An Te Liu, in Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art. London: Phaedon Press, 2017.
Travis Diehl: An Te Liu: Transmission, Art Papers, Fall Issue 2017.
Jennifer Li: An Te Liu: Transmission, ArtAsiaPacific, Issue 105 (September-October, 2017).
Andrew Berardini: An Te Liu: Transmission, ArtReview, September, 2017.
Leah Ollman: From packaging material to modern totem: The wry art of An Te Liu, LA Times, July 11, 2017.
Christina Catherine Martinez: Critics’ Pick: An Te Liu, ArtForum, June 23, 2017.
Jody Zellen: An Te Liu, ArtScene, July/August, 2017.
Carolina Miranda: Datebook: Ideas of ‘Home’ at LACMA, Andrea Zittel in L.A. and the desert, and the diagram to end all diagrams, LA Times, June 8, 2017.
2016
Kristy Trinier: The Blur in Between, Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2016.
Catherine Talese: Do Artists Still Find Inspiration in Literature?. Literary Hub, March 4, 2016.
Sabrina Möller: Ten Emerging Artists to Watch at VOLTA NY. Art and Signature, March 6, 2016.
Ryan Walker: Casting Shadows—An Te Liu. The Globe and Mail / Wanderer, 2016.
Alex Bozikovic: Why We Love The Art We Love. The Globe and Mail, January 30, 2016.
2015
Shannon Anderson: An Te Liu—Tradition and the Historical Sense. cmagazine125, Spring 2015, pp. 32-37.
Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer: Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature.
New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2015.
Rodolphe el-Khoury: Figures: Essays on Contemporary Architecture. Shenzhen: Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2015.
Rachel Gotlieb: Ego and Salve, in Ceramics in the Expanded Field. London: Ashgate, 2015.
2014
Carmen Cocina: An Te Liu, NE02, Issue no.137 (Noviembre-Diciembre 2014).
Jessica Iverson and Seth Fluker: An Te Liu, 01 Magazine, Issue no. 9, 2014.
Melissa Villeneuve: Everyday objects inspire art exhibits, Lethbridge Herald, September 27, 2014.
Angela Schuster: A Star in the East, Art+Auction, October 2014.
Sarah Milroy: The true north strong and fresh: National Gallery unveils Canadian contemporary art exhibition, The Globe and Mail, October 17, 2014.
Yang Lan: Canadian artists get top billing at int’l arts festival, The Global Times, October 28, 2014.
Nathan Jubb: An Te Liu and his works, Time Out Shanghai, November 19, 2014.
Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer: Wunder der Kombinatorik, Wiener Zeitung, July 11, 2014.
J. Lynn Fraser: An Te Liu—Gardiner Museum, Sculpture, vol. 33 no. 3 (April 2014).
Matthew Ryan Smith: Casting the Negative, Magenta Magazine, May 2014.
2013
Murray Whyte: Unpacking the Modern, The Toronto Star, September 8, 2013.
Richard Rhodes: An Te Liu—Modernizing the Modern, Canadian Art, September 6, 2013.
Alice Tallman: An Te Liu: MONO NO MA, Artoronto, September 2013.
Nina Boccia: An Te Liu Casts the Negative Spaces of Things, Azure, October 18, 2013.
Sky Gooden: 20 Questions with Latter day Modernist An Te Liu, Blouin Art Info, October 12, 2013.
Murray Whyte: An Te Liu, King West, no. 8, 2013, pp. 28-29.
Benedict Clouette ed.: An Te Liu—On Ventilation, Volume 37: Is This Not a Pipe, Amsterdam:
 Archis, 2013.
2012
Murray Whyte: Oakville Gallery’s Hyper Spaces, The Toronto Star, January 4, 2012.
Jakob Rutka: BLAST, The Grid, April 9, 2012.
Cindy Wu: White Dwarf /Nuit Blanche, Ming Pao News, September 24, 2012.
Jacqueline Han: An Te Liu’s White Dwarf, Singtao Daily, December 21, 2012.
R. Klanten and S. Ehmann, eds.: Mathieu Lehanneur. Berlin: Gestalten, 2012.
2011
John Bentley Mays: Modern Man—An Te Liu and the Space between Idea and Object, Canadian Art, Summer 2011, pp. 62–67.
Anne Wagner: Screen Memories and Ordinary Objects, in Haegue Yang: Wild Against Gravity. 
Oxford: Modern Art Oxford / Aspen Art Museum, 2011, pp. 57–70.
Murray Whyte: A blast at our disposable culture, The Toronto Star, April 23, 2011.
R. M. Vaughan: The familiar transformed into the mysterious, The Globe and Mail, May 7, 2011.
Jennifer Fischer: Architectures, Therapeutics, Aesthetics: Technologically Enhanced Environments and the Human Sensorium, The Senses and Society, vol. 6, no. 2, 2011, pp. 250–54.
Mason White: Air Borne, DOMUS 948, June 2011.
Shannon Anderson: Hyper Spaces—Manuel Ballester / An Te Liu / Lynne Marsh, Oakville Galleries Centennial, 2011. (exh. essay).
2010
Al Olsen: A Giant Green Monument to the Credit Crunch, MSNBC Life Inc., October 29, 2010.
Artist creates Monopoly house as monument to credit crunch, Daily Mail UK, October 31, 2010.
Laura Kusisto: Do Not Pass Go: Canadian Artist Turns a Profit on Foreclosure Joke, The New York Observer, November 2, 2010.
Orna Schneid: Title Deed, NISHA Design Magazine, December 2010.
John Bentley Mays: Look Way Up, International Architecture and Design, Fall 2010.
R. M. Vaughan: The future is dystopian but buildings have modern feelings, The Globe and Mail, July 10, 2010.
Murray Whyte: A vision of the city, warts and all, The Toronto Star, June 24, 2010.
Year in Review: The Top 10 Exhibitions of 2009, Canadian Art, January 2010.
Murray Whyte: Best of the Year that was / Leona Drive Project, The Toronto Star, January 1, 2010.
2009
Richard Rhodes: An Te Liu: Board Games, Canadian Art, November 5, 2009.
Murray White: Requiem for a Suburban Lifestyle, The Toronto Star, October 25, 2009.
Lisa Rochon: Project Brings New Meaning to Art House, The Globe and Mail, October 24, 2009.
Peter Kuitenbrouwer: It’s not Park Place, but close, The National Post, October 20, 2009.
Shawn Micallef: Bungalow’s Last Stand, EYE Weekly, October 22, 2009.
David Gissen: Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009, pp. 94–95.
Rodolphe el-Khoury: Air Apparent: An Te Liu, Man and Machine, DAMn 21, April/May 2009, pp. 34–42.
Joseph Giovanni: Shifting Center, Multiple Margins, Art In America, January 2009, pp. 49–53.
Gabrielle Moser: An Te Liu: Matter, Canadian Art, Fall 2009.
Thomas Kerting: Imaginer des objets—gardiens, Cahier d’Inspirations, Maison & Objet, Paris: SAFI, 2009.
2008
Jan Winkelmann: Frische Luft: Zur Arbeit von An Te Liu, BE Magazin 15: Auteur, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2008, pp. 68–73.
Mason White: 99.7 Per Cent Pure, AD Energies: New Material Boundaries, ed. Sean Lally. London: Wiley Press, 2008.
Rodney LaTourelle: Head in the Clouds, Canadian Architect, November 2008, pp. 23–27.
Stephanie Vegh: Toronto Queen West District, MAP 15, Autumn 2008, pp. 62–63.
Brooke Hodge: Seeing Things: The Venice Architecture Biennale, T magazine, New York Times,
 September 18, 2008.
Gary Michael Dault: Pattern Theory, Border Crossings, Winter 2008.
2007
Gary Michael Dault: Happy Birthday, The Globe and Mail, July 21, 2007.
Uta and Robert Winterhager: Wie lässt sich Kunst an kunstfernen Orten präsentieren? Modelle für morgen in Köln, Bauwelt 14, 2007.
Richard Rhodes: Toronto Now—The Moment, Canadian Art, Winter 2007, pp. 58–73.
2006
Michael Gibbs: Street: behind the cliché, Art Monthly, November 2006, pp. 29–30.
Mark Cheetham: Social Abstraction: Disease and Cure, Abstract Art Since the 60s: Against Autonomy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
2005
In neueum Kontext entsteht Schönheit, Badische Neueste Nachrichten, Karlsruhe, March 18, 2005.
Therefore Beautiful, Springerin, Band XI, Heft 2, Summer 2005.
2004
Janine Marchessault: The Shopping Mall and the Camp, Toronto: Mercer Union, 2004, pp. 3–8. (exh. essay)
Michael S. Gant: House Unbound, Metro, March 17–24, 2004.
Jack Fischer: Home is Where the Art Is, San Jose Mercury News, March 28, 2004.
2003
Charlotte Vaudrey: The Shape of the City, FRAME 35, November/December 2003, pp. 126–127.
Nikolai Janatsch: Dieses Foto ist kein Foto, SVZ, July 9, 2003.
Was Sagen Fotos?, Stadtleben, July/August 2003.
Glenn Williams: NEWMODULR, Art Papers, vol. 27, no. 1, January/February 2003, pp. 54–55.
2002
Sarah Milroy: Thoroughly Modern Art, The Globe and Mail, September 25, 2002.
Heather MacKay: The Walls of Perception, Azure, September/October 2002, p. 45.
Rodolphe el-Khoury: Between Air and Space: Prologue to An Te Liu’s Exchange, Thresholds 23: Deviant, Cambridge: MIT, 2002, pp. 16–23.
Barbara Fischer: The New Modulr: 100% generic and 100% specific, Toronto: Blackwood Gallery, 2002. (exh. essay)
Glen Helfand: Housebroken, San Francisco: Rena Bransten Gallery, 2002. (exh. essay)
2001
Heather MacKay: Better Living Through Sterility, Azure, September/October 2001, p. 61.
2000
Kika Thorne: An Te Liu, MIX independent art & culture, vol. 26, no. 2, Fall 2000, pp. 15, 19–21.
Aaron Betsky: Safe Haven, Surface, no. 25, Fall 2000, pp. 154–156, 260.
Michael Scott: Home Sterile Home, The Vancouver Sun, August 12, 2000, p. E13.
Robin Laurence: View of Urbanization Is a Breath of Fresh Air, The Georgia Straight, August 10–17, 2000, p. 52.
1999
Eric Howeler: Surfaces of Pleasure: Luster, Loudpaper, vol. 3, no. 2, 1999, pp. 40–45.

Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sfmoma)
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
San Jose Museum of Art
Gardiner Museum, Toronto
ASAP Archive, London and Berlin
Claridge Collection, Montréal
Toronto Dominion Bank Collection
Tedeschi Collection, Montréal
Dickinson Wright Collection, Toronto
Sobey Collection, Halifax

 

An Te Liu

BIOGRAPHY

CV

An Te Liu
Autosuggestion, 2018
Cast bronze
25 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
Edition 2 of 5
An Te Liu
Halcyon Drift (Bubba), 2018
Cast bronze
17 3/8 x 18 x 13 1/2 inches
Edition 1 of 5
The Armory, with Anat Ebgi, Installation view, 2018
An Te Liu
Bred In The Bone, 2017
Cast bronze
18 x 8 x 16 inches (46 x 20 x 40.5 cm)
Edition 1 of 5
An Te Liu
The Party's Over, 2017
Cast bronze
18 x 8 x 16 inches (46 x 20 x 40.5 cm)
An Te Liu
Leaders of Men, 2018
Cast bronze
11 1/4 x 5 1/2 3 1/4 inches
Edition of 4 + 1 AP
An Te Liu
Sentinel (III), 2016
Cast bronze
9 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches (8 x 16 x 24 cm)
Unique work in a series of 4
An Te Liu
Eternal Return , 2017
Cast bronze
10 x 3 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches
Edition 1 of 4
An Te Liu, New Life, Installation view, MARSO, 2018
An Te Liu, New Life, Installation view, MARSO, 2018
An Te Liu, New Life, Installation view, MARSO, 2018
An Te Liu, New Life, Installation view, MARSO, 2018
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu, Installation view, Transmission, , Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu
Animal Vegetable, 2015
Cast bronze
11 3/8 x 9 x 28 1/2 inches (29 x 23 x 72.4 cm)
An Te Liu
New Dawn Fades, 2013
Slip cast earthenware with copper oxide slip
18 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches (47 x 15 x 15 cm)
An Te Liu
George, 2013
Slip cast earthenware with pigmented wax
9 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches (24 x 15 x 18 cm)
An Te Liu
Chimera, 2013
Slip cast earthenware with pigmented wax
13 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches (33.5 x 14.4 x 17 cm)
An Te Liu, Solid State, Installation view, MOCA / Toronto Sculpture Garden, 2015
An Te Liu, Solid State, Installation view, MOCA / Toronto Sculpture Garden, 2015
An Te Liu,Mono No Ma, Installation view, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2013
An Te Liu, Mono No Ma, Installation view, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2013
An Te Liu
Order of Solids 2013
Slip cast earthenware
73 3/8 x 10 x 10 inches (186.5 x 25 x 25 cm)
An Te Liu, Mono No Ma, Installation view, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2013
An Te Liu
Tropos (for Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven) II/I/III, 2016
Tropos (for Gertrude Stein) III/III/I , 2016
Tropos (for Djuna Barnes) I/II/III, 2016
Oak and cast bronze
An Te Liu
Tropos (for Mina Loy) IV/I/I, 2016
Walnut
42 x 6 x 6 inches (106.7 x 15 x 15 cm)
Unique work in a series of 3

BIOGRAPHY

Liu’s sculptures are coy compositions that appear strikingly familiar yet distant. Their seemingly unplaceable quality originates from their humble origins as packaging and found objects. The forms are carvings, mutations, and amalgamations of the protective layers that surround consumer goods.

Liu’s works occupy a conceptual space between definitions. Their chimeric quality allows them to be atemporal and coquettish— waltzing between opposing reads. A Pulcinella of sculpture, the works proffer multitudes of identities willfully embodying a paradox.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Transmission, June 9 – July 15, 2017.

CV

An Te Liu

1967
Born in Tainan, Taiwan. Lives and works in Toronto, CAN.

Education

1990
B.A., Fine Art History, Renaissance Studies, Victoria College, University of Toronto, CAN
1995
M. Arch., Southern California Institute of Architecture (sci-arc), Los Angeles, CAN
2007-2008
Artist in Residence, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE

Solo Exhibitions

2018
La Durée, Galerie Division, Toronto, CAN
New Life, MARSO, Mexico City, MX
2017
Transmission, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
2015
An Te Liu—Des bribes et des morceaux, Galerie Division, Montréal, CAN
An Te Liu—Solid States, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto Sculpture Garden, Toronto, CAM
2014-2015
An Te Liu—In Absentia, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Alberta, CAN
2014
An Te Liu—The Knowing Nothing of the Thing, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, CAN
2013
MONO NO MA, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, CAN
Recodings, Bulthaup, Toronto, CAN
2012
BLAST, Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, Toronto, CAN
2011
Lost in Transaction, No. 9 Contemporary Art at Pearson Airport, Toronto, CAN
BLAST, Michael Klein Gallery, Toronto, CAN
2009
Pook X Pookie, SCI–Arc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Matter, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE
Style and Epoch, Michael Klein Gallery, Toronto
2007
Ether, The News at Five, Toronto International Art Fair
2004
Tackiness and Anti–Power, Artists Space, New York, NY
Ether, Mercer Union, Toronto, CAN
2001
Condition, Henry Urbach Gallery, New York, NY
2000
Pathology, Contemporary Art Gallery (cag), Vancouver, CAN

Group Exhibitions

2018
bust/boom, The New Gallery, Calgary
The House Imaginary, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
Nothing Stable under Heaven, SF MoMA, San Francisco
The Armory, with Anat Ebgi, New York
2017-2018
The Preservationists, Duddell's, Hong Kong
2017
Art Toronto, with Anat Ebgi, Toronto
Chicago Art Biennale, Chicago
Sticky Fingers, Arsenal Contemporary, New York
Dallas Art Fair, with Anat Ebgi, Dallas
Jeu et Diversion, Art Sounterrain, Montréal
Aéroports / Ville Monde, La Gaïté Lyrique, Paris
2016
Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, foursixonenine, Los Angeles
Terminal P, La Panacée, Montpellier
2015
Contrastes, Arsenal, Montréal
Stories Told, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto
2014-2015
Shine a Light: 2014 Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (cat.)
Suburbia—A Model Life, Art Gallery of Alberta (aga), Edmonton
2014
Der Brancusi Effekt, Kunsthalle Vienna (cat.)
Casting The Negative, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto
2013
Airport Landscape, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA
To Be Small or To Have Presents, Stichtung SEA Foundation, Tilburg3
2012
Museum for the End of the World, Nuit Blanche 2012, Toronto
Collection Tedeschi, Parisian Laundry, Montréal
Art in the Parking Lot, LAXART, Los Angeles
Local Color, San Jose Museum of Art
Full Circle, WORKShop, Toronto
2011
The More Things Change, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sfmoma)
PARAdesign, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sfmoma)
Hyper Spaces, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
Place, Toronto International Art Fair
2010
Empire of Dreams, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (mocca), Toronto (cat.)
Out of Site, Nuit Blanche, Toronto
Everything Must Go, Toronto International Art Fair
Colour Shift, CODE Screen 2010, Vancouver
2009
The Leona Drive Project, Willowdale (cat.)
EVA International—Ireland Biennial of Contemporary Art, Limerick (cat.)
Fremtidens arkitektur er grøn!, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (cat.)
Exhibition, Exhibition 211, New York
Two in One, Christie’s, Amsterdam
Transclimatic, Sydney Customs House (cat.)
2008
11th Venice Biennale of Architecture—Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, Venice (cat.)
Hier ist Amerika oder Nirgends, Galerie Ben Kaufmann / Art Berlin Contemporary (abc), Berlin (cat.)
246 and Counting, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sfmoma)
Figuration in Contemporary Design, Art Institute of Chicago (cat.)
2007
Modelle für Morgen: Köln, European Kunsthalle, Cologne
Pattern Theory, Michael Klein Gallery, Toronto
Paradox Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism, UCI Art Gallery, Irvine (cat.)
2006
Street, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Sense of the City, Centre Canadien d’Architecture (cca), Montréal (cat.)
2005
Therefore Beautiful, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal (cat.)
Airborne, Henry Urbach Gallery, New York
Re: Building the World, Edmonton Art Gallery
2004
A.C., Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Domestic Odyssey, San Jose Museum of Art (cat.)
Ziploc, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
2003
mosaiCanada: Sign and Sound, Seoul Museum of Art (sema) (cat.)
Dead Malls, Urban Center Gallery at the Municipal Art Society, New York (cat.)
Rethinking Photography IV: New Reduction as Expansion, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg
Blister In The Sun, Gallery Neubacher, Toronto
Bauhauswerk, weework, Toronto
2002
Newmodulr, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto and The Art Gallery of Calgary
Housebroken, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999
Luster, Henry Urbach Gallery, New York, NY

Bibliography - Monographs and catalogues of solo exhibitions

2015
An Te Liu. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2015. With texts by Kitty Scott, Andrew Berardini, Pablo Larios, and Ken Lum.
2014
An Te Liu—The Knowing Nothing of the Thing. Shanghai: Art Labor, 2014. With text by Daniel Ho.
2013
An Te Liu: MONO NO MA. Toronto: George R. Gardiner Museum, 2013. With text by Michael Prokopow.
2008-2009
An Te Liu: Matter. Berlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2008–09. With texts by Vanessa Joan Müller, Astrid Mania, and a conversation with Nicolaus Schafhausen.

Bibliography - Catalogues of group exhibitions

2016
Francesca Valente: Out of the Bush Garden—Contemporary Artists from Central-Eastern Canada. Venice: Antiga Edizioni, 2016.
2014
Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Greg Hill, Andrea Kunard, Jonathan Shaughnessy and Rhiannon Vogl: Shine a Light / Surgir de l’ombre: La Biennale Canadienne 2014. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2014.
2011
Michael Prokopow and Janine Marchessault, eds.: The Leona Drive Project (Public 43). Toronto: Public Access, 2011.
2010
James Gunn, ed.: One Hour Empire: Empire of Dreams. Toronto: Impulse [B:] and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 2010.
2009
Yilmaz Dziewior and Angelika Nollert: EVA 2009 Biennial of Visual Art. Cork: Gandon Editions,2009. Kjeld Kjeldsen and Michael Juul Holm, eds.: Fremtidens arkitektur er grøn!. Humlebæk: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2009.
2008
Julia Höner: Kreatur und Kosmos, Hier ist Amerika oder Nirgends. Berlin: Galerie Ben Kaufmann, 2008.
Aaron Betsky: Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, 11th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Venice: Marsilio, 2008.
Joseph Rosa: Reimagining the Ornamental, Figuration in Contemporary Design. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, 2008.
2007
Julie Carson and Nana Last, eds.: Paradox Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism. Irvine: UC Irvine, 2007.
2005
Mirko Zardini, ed.: Sense of the City: An Alternative Approach to Urbanism. Baden: CCA and Lars Müller Publishers, 2005.
Vanessa Müller: Therefore Beautiful. Kraichtal: Ursula Blickle Stiftung, 2005.
2004
JoAnne Northrup: Domestic Odyssey. San Jose: San Jose Museum of Art, 2004.
2003
Wayne Baerwaldt: mosaiCanada: Sign and Sound. Seoul: Seoul Museum of Art, 2003.

Essays and Reviews

2018
Anna Kovler: In the Studio with An Te Liu, 2018. (Link)
2017
Ellen Mara De Yachter: An Te Liu, in Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art. London: Phaedon Press, 2017.
Travis Diehl: An Te Liu: Transmission, Art Papers, Fall Issue 2017.
Jennifer Li: An Te Liu: Transmission, ArtAsiaPacific, Issue 105 (September-October, 2017).
Andrew Berardini: An Te Liu: Transmission, ArtReview, September, 2017.
Leah Ollman: From packaging material to modern totem: The wry art of An Te Liu, LA Times, July 11, 2017.
Christina Catherine Martinez: Critics’ Pick: An Te Liu, ArtForum, June 23, 2017.
Jody Zellen: An Te Liu, ArtScene, July/August, 2017.
Carolina Miranda: Datebook: Ideas of ‘Home’ at LACMA, Andrea Zittel in L.A. and the desert, and the diagram to end all diagrams, LA Times, June 8, 2017.
2016
Kristy Trinier: The Blur in Between, Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2016.
Catherine Talese: Do Artists Still Find Inspiration in Literature?. Literary Hub, March 4, 2016.
Sabrina Möller: Ten Emerging Artists to Watch at VOLTA NY. Art and Signature, March 6, 2016.
Ryan Walker: Casting Shadows—An Te Liu. The Globe and Mail / Wanderer, 2016.
Alex Bozikovic: Why We Love The Art We Love. The Globe and Mail, January 30, 2016.
2015
Shannon Anderson: An Te Liu—Tradition and the Historical Sense. cmagazine125, Spring 2015, pp. 32-37.
Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer: Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature.
New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2015.
Rodolphe el-Khoury: Figures: Essays on Contemporary Architecture. Shenzhen: Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2015.
Rachel Gotlieb: Ego and Salve, in Ceramics in the Expanded Field. London: Ashgate, 2015.
2014
Carmen Cocina: An Te Liu, NE02, Issue no.137 (Noviembre-Diciembre 2014).
Jessica Iverson and Seth Fluker: An Te Liu, 01 Magazine, Issue no. 9, 2014.
Melissa Villeneuve: Everyday objects inspire art exhibits, Lethbridge Herald, September 27, 2014.
Angela Schuster: A Star in the East, Art+Auction, October 2014.
Sarah Milroy: The true north strong and fresh: National Gallery unveils Canadian contemporary art exhibition, The Globe and Mail, October 17, 2014.
Yang Lan: Canadian artists get top billing at int’l arts festival, The Global Times, October 28, 2014.
Nathan Jubb: An Te Liu and his works, Time Out Shanghai, November 19, 2014.
Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer: Wunder der Kombinatorik, Wiener Zeitung, July 11, 2014.
J. Lynn Fraser: An Te Liu—Gardiner Museum, Sculpture, vol. 33 no. 3 (April 2014).
Matthew Ryan Smith: Casting the Negative, Magenta Magazine, May 2014.
2013
Murray Whyte: Unpacking the Modern, The Toronto Star, September 8, 2013.
Richard Rhodes: An Te Liu—Modernizing the Modern, Canadian Art, September 6, 2013.
Alice Tallman: An Te Liu: MONO NO MA, Artoronto, September 2013.
Nina Boccia: An Te Liu Casts the Negative Spaces of Things, Azure, October 18, 2013.
Sky Gooden: 20 Questions with Latter day Modernist An Te Liu, Blouin Art Info, October 12, 2013.
Murray Whyte: An Te Liu, King West, no. 8, 2013, pp. 28-29.
Benedict Clouette ed.: An Te Liu—On Ventilation, Volume 37: Is This Not a Pipe, Amsterdam:
 Archis, 2013.
2012
Murray Whyte: Oakville Gallery’s Hyper Spaces, The Toronto Star, January 4, 2012.
Jakob Rutka: BLAST, The Grid, April 9, 2012.
Cindy Wu: White Dwarf /Nuit Blanche, Ming Pao News, September 24, 2012.
Jacqueline Han: An Te Liu’s White Dwarf, Singtao Daily, December 21, 2012.
R. Klanten and S. Ehmann, eds.: Mathieu Lehanneur. Berlin: Gestalten, 2012.
2011
John Bentley Mays: Modern Man—An Te Liu and the Space between Idea and Object, Canadian Art, Summer 2011, pp. 62–67.
Anne Wagner: Screen Memories and Ordinary Objects, in Haegue Yang: Wild Against Gravity. 
Oxford: Modern Art Oxford / Aspen Art Museum, 2011, pp. 57–70.
Murray Whyte: A blast at our disposable culture, The Toronto Star, April 23, 2011.
R. M. Vaughan: The familiar transformed into the mysterious, The Globe and Mail, May 7, 2011.
Jennifer Fischer: Architectures, Therapeutics, Aesthetics: Technologically Enhanced Environments and the Human Sensorium, The Senses and Society, vol. 6, no. 2, 2011, pp. 250–54.
Mason White: Air Borne, DOMUS 948, June 2011.
Shannon Anderson: Hyper Spaces—Manuel Ballester / An Te Liu / Lynne Marsh, Oakville Galleries Centennial, 2011. (exh. essay).
2010
Al Olsen: A Giant Green Monument to the Credit Crunch, MSNBC Life Inc., October 29, 2010.
Artist creates Monopoly house as monument to credit crunch, Daily Mail UK, October 31, 2010.
Laura Kusisto: Do Not Pass Go: Canadian Artist Turns a Profit on Foreclosure Joke, The New York Observer, November 2, 2010.
Orna Schneid: Title Deed, NISHA Design Magazine, December 2010.
John Bentley Mays: Look Way Up, International Architecture and Design, Fall 2010.
R. M. Vaughan: The future is dystopian but buildings have modern feelings, The Globe and Mail, July 10, 2010.
Murray Whyte: A vision of the city, warts and all, The Toronto Star, June 24, 2010.
Year in Review: The Top 10 Exhibitions of 2009, Canadian Art, January 2010.
Murray Whyte: Best of the Year that was / Leona Drive Project, The Toronto Star, January 1, 2010.
2009
Richard Rhodes: An Te Liu: Board Games, Canadian Art, November 5, 2009.
Murray White: Requiem for a Suburban Lifestyle, The Toronto Star, October 25, 2009.
Lisa Rochon: Project Brings New Meaning to Art House, The Globe and Mail, October 24, 2009.
Peter Kuitenbrouwer: It’s not Park Place, but close, The National Post, October 20, 2009.
Shawn Micallef: Bungalow’s Last Stand, EYE Weekly, October 22, 2009.
David Gissen: Subnature: Architecture’s Other Environments. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009, pp. 94–95.
Rodolphe el-Khoury: Air Apparent: An Te Liu, Man and Machine, DAMn 21, April/May 2009, pp. 34–42.
Joseph Giovanni: Shifting Center, Multiple Margins, Art In America, January 2009, pp. 49–53.
Gabrielle Moser: An Te Liu: Matter, Canadian Art, Fall 2009.
Thomas Kerting: Imaginer des objets—gardiens, Cahier d’Inspirations, Maison & Objet, Paris: SAFI, 2009.
2008
Jan Winkelmann: Frische Luft: Zur Arbeit von An Te Liu, BE Magazin 15: Auteur, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2008, pp. 68–73.
Mason White: 99.7 Per Cent Pure, AD Energies: New Material Boundaries, ed. Sean Lally. London: Wiley Press, 2008.
Rodney LaTourelle: Head in the Clouds, Canadian Architect, November 2008, pp. 23–27.
Stephanie Vegh: Toronto Queen West District, MAP 15, Autumn 2008, pp. 62–63.
Brooke Hodge: Seeing Things: The Venice Architecture Biennale, T magazine, New York Times,
 September 18, 2008.
Gary Michael Dault: Pattern Theory, Border Crossings, Winter 2008.
2007
Gary Michael Dault: Happy Birthday, The Globe and Mail, July 21, 2007.
Uta and Robert Winterhager: Wie lässt sich Kunst an kunstfernen Orten präsentieren? Modelle für morgen in Köln, Bauwelt 14, 2007.
Richard Rhodes: Toronto Now—The Moment, Canadian Art, Winter 2007, pp. 58–73.
2006
Michael Gibbs: Street: behind the cliché, Art Monthly, November 2006, pp. 29–30.
Mark Cheetham: Social Abstraction: Disease and Cure, Abstract Art Since the 60s: Against Autonomy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
2005
In neueum Kontext entsteht Schönheit, Badische Neueste Nachrichten, Karlsruhe, March 18, 2005.
Therefore Beautiful, Springerin, Band XI, Heft 2, Summer 2005.
2004
Janine Marchessault: The Shopping Mall and the Camp, Toronto: Mercer Union, 2004, pp. 3–8. (exh. essay)
Michael S. Gant: House Unbound, Metro, March 17–24, 2004.
Jack Fischer: Home is Where the Art Is, San Jose Mercury News, March 28, 2004.
2003
Charlotte Vaudrey: The Shape of the City, FRAME 35, November/December 2003, pp. 126–127.
Nikolai Janatsch: Dieses Foto ist kein Foto, SVZ, July 9, 2003.
Was Sagen Fotos?, Stadtleben, July/August 2003.
Glenn Williams: NEWMODULR, Art Papers, vol. 27, no. 1, January/February 2003, pp. 54–55.
2002
Sarah Milroy: Thoroughly Modern Art, The Globe and Mail, September 25, 2002.
Heather MacKay: The Walls of Perception, Azure, September/October 2002, p. 45.
Rodolphe el-Khoury: Between Air and Space: Prologue to An Te Liu’s Exchange, Thresholds 23: Deviant, Cambridge: MIT, 2002, pp. 16–23.
Barbara Fischer: The New Modulr: 100% generic and 100% specific, Toronto: Blackwood Gallery, 2002. (exh. essay)
Glen Helfand: Housebroken, San Francisco: Rena Bransten Gallery, 2002. (exh. essay)
2001
Heather MacKay: Better Living Through Sterility, Azure, September/October 2001, p. 61.
2000
Kika Thorne: An Te Liu, MIX independent art & culture, vol. 26, no. 2, Fall 2000, pp. 15, 19–21.
Aaron Betsky: Safe Haven, Surface, no. 25, Fall 2000, pp. 154–156, 260.
Michael Scott: Home Sterile Home, The Vancouver Sun, August 12, 2000, p. E13.
Robin Laurence: View of Urbanization Is a Breath of Fresh Air, The Georgia Straight, August 10–17, 2000, p. 52.
1999
Eric Howeler: Surfaces of Pleasure: Luster, Loudpaper, vol. 3, no. 2, 1999, pp. 40–45.

Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (sfmoma)
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
San Jose Museum of Art
Gardiner Museum, Toronto
ASAP Archive, London and Berlin
Claridge Collection, Montréal
Toronto Dominion Bank Collection
Tedeschi Collection, Montréal
Dickinson Wright Collection, Toronto
Sobey Collection, Halifax