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Tseng Kwong Chi


Tseng Kwong Chi (born Hong Kong 1950, died New York 1990)

Photographer, performance artist and New York downtown personality, by the time of his death in 1990, at age 39, from an AIDS infection, he had evolved two major bodies of work. He developed an artistic persona in the late 1970’s as a kind of Chinese dignitary or "Ambiguous Ambassador," complete with the classic Mao Tse-Tung suit, dark eyeglasses and an identity tag stamped "SlutforArt". Traveling around the USA and the world, he posited himself amidst stereotypical tourist sites, from the Eiffel Tower to Niagara Falls, from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon, ricocheting between nature and culture to develop an extensive and now-famous series of 100 silver gelatin self-portraits, entitled the Expeditionary Self-Portraits or East Meets West. These prints possess wit and humor, as well as great formal beauty in their investigations of issues ranging from the nature of tourism, tourist photography, and cultural identity.

Tseng settled in New York in 1979 in the East Village, and soon after met Keith Haring and other in the East Village scene who became central to his life and work. With best friends Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and Ann Magnuson, Tseng became a much-touted documentarian and denizen of the spirited New York downtown scene. He was Keith Haring's “official” photographer, creating an archive of over 40,000 images recording Keith Haring at work on public and gallery art, from his early subway drawings and his large scale commissions. Tseng worked in black and white as well as in color, in both candid and formal portraits of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Peter Halley, McDermott & McGough, Francesco Clemente, among others of the 1980’s art scene.

Tseng’s work has been exhibited in many solo shows including a major retrospective at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, which toured to numerous museums. His work is included in many solo, group, traveling exhibitions and biennales around the world. U.S. exhibits include Brooklyn Museum, National Portrait Gallery at The Smithsonian Institute, ICA Boston, MOCA Los Angeles, International Center for Photography, New Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Bronx Museum, Asia Society; in Europe in London, Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam, St. Tropez and Madrid; and in Asia at the Shanghai Biennale and in Hong Kong.

Tseng’s work is in many collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New York’s Guggenheim Museum, George Eastman House, New York Public Library, New School in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Walker Art Center, Wellesley College Art Museum, Los Angeles County Art Museum, as well as in important collections: Rubell, Margulies, JP Morgan Chase, Hallmark, Dow Jones, Equitable among others.

Award-winning hardcover monographs on his famous self-portrait series have been published, Tseng Kwong Chi: Self-Portraits 1979 to 1989 by Paul Kasmin Gallery for the solo show in 2008, and Tseng Kwong Chi: Ambiguous Ambassador by Nazraeli Press in 2005.

A major museum retrospective Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera is planned for 2015 at the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk VA.


Tseng Kwong Chi

Born in Hong Kong,1950.
Left Hong Kong with family in 1966.
Educated in Hong Kong; Vancouver, Canada; Montreal, Canada; Paris, France.
Settled in New York City, New York 1978.
Died in New York City, New York 1990.


L' École Superior d’Arts Graphiques at L’Academie Julien, Paris, France
Sir George Williams University, Montreal, Canada
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


2011 “Tseng Kwong Chi”, 3:e Våningen Försökshall, Göteborg, Sweden

2010 “Tseng Kwong Chi: Body Painting with Keith Haring and Bill T. Jones,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

2008 “Tseng Kwong Chi: Self-Portraits 1979-1989,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
“Tseng Kwong Chi: Self-Portraits 1979-1989,” Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK (catalogue)
"Tseng Kwong Chi", Heather James Fine Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2007 “Tseng Kwong Chi: Ambiguous Ambassador,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

2005-06 “Tseng Kwong Chi: East Meets West,” Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy

2005 “Tseng Kwong Chi: Ambiguous Ambassador,” Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004 “Tseng Kwong Chi: Ambiguous Ambassador,” Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong

2003 "Tseng Kwong Chi: East Meets West," Lee Ka-Sing Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2002 "Tseng Kwong Chi: Ambiguous Ambassador," Chambers Fine Art, New York, NY
"Tseng Kwong Chi: A Retrospective, " Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (catalogue)
"Tseng Kwong Chi," SK Josefsberg Studio, Portland, OR
"In America: Vintage Prints, 1979-1987," Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

2001 "Costumes at the Met," Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2000 "East Meets West," Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999-01 "Tseng Kwong Chi: Citizen of the World," organized by the Center for Creative Photography,
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, traveling exhibition continues on to
Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, Overland Park, KS;
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL; J. Wayne Stark University
Center Galleries, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

1998-99 "Tseng Kwong Chi: The Expedition," Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

1997 "Tseng Kwong Chi, Citizen of the World," Center for Creative Photography, University of
Arizona, Tucson, AZ
"The Gang’s All Here: New York in the Eighties," Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY (portfolio)
"East Meets West: The Expeditionary Series," Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"East Meets West: The Expeditionary Series," Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
"East Meets West: The Expeditionary Series," Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

1996 "East Meets West: The Expeditionary Series," Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1993 "Tseng Kwong Chi: Polaroids, Portraits, Expeditions," curated by Andrew Perchuk, Alternative
Museum, New York, NY

1992 "Tseng Kwong Chi: The Expeditionary Works," curated by Jean Caslin and Bill Shackelford,
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (catalogue)
1989 "Tseng Kwong Chi," BASE, Paris, France

1987 "Tseng Kwong Chi," Rodman Center for the Arts, Ripon College, Ripon, WI
"Tseng Kwong Chi: Canadian Rockies Series," Gallery Casa Toledo Oosterom, New York, NY

1986 "Tseng Kwong Chi: N.A.S.A. Series," Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY

1984 "Art in Transit," a collaboration with Keith Haring, Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY (book)
"East Meets West: American Monuments Series," C.E.P.A. Gallery, Buffalo, NY
"East Meets West: New Photographs," Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY

1983 "East Meets West," Bonlow Gallery, New York, NY
“East Meets West: American Series," Beulah Land, NY

1981 "East Meets West," Mudd Club, New York, NY


2012-13 “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980’s”, curated by Helene Molesworth,
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL;
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (catalogue)

2011-12 “Art in the Streets”, curated by Jeffrey Deitch with Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
“Dance/Draw”, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
“Interstices: Mapping Contemporary Art”, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
“Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection”, curated by Whitney Bradshaw,
Museum of Fine Art, Boston MA; Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (catalogue)
“Making Art (In) Public”, curated by Prescott Trudeau, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
“Performing for the Camera”, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
“America Through a Chinese Lens”, Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY

2010-12 “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington DC; Brooklyn Museum, New York NY (catalogue)
“Keith Haring: 1978-1982”, Digital Slideshow installation of 1200 photographs of Haring drawings in
New York subway, curated by Raphaela Platow, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (catalogue)

2011 “Creative Continuum: the History of the Center of Creative Photography”, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

2011 “The Global Africa Project”, curated by Lowery Stokes Sim and Leslie King-Hammond, Museum of
Arts and Design, New York, NY, (catalogue)
“25 Years/25 Artists” curated by Bonnie Yochelson, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
“Celestial Skies”, Arts & Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Beachwood, OH
Visual AIDS January 2011 Web Gallery, curated by J.J. Kegan McFadden

2010-11 “Urban Archives: Happy Together, Asian and Asian-American Art from The Permanent Collection,”Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2010 “Dreamlands”, Centre Pompidou-Museé National d’art Moderne, Paris, France
Curated by Quentin Bajac (catalogue)
“GLOBAL / NATIONAL – The Order of Chaos,” Exit Art, New York, NY
Curated by Jeannette Ingberman and Papo Colo
“At The Edge,” Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH

2009 “An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area Part 1: San Francisco Plays Itself”, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

2008-09 "Self and Other : Portraits from Asia and Europe", National Museum of Ethnology, The National
Museum of Art, Osaka, Fukuoka Asian Art Muesum, The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama,
Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History, Japan (catalogue)
2008 “Against All Odds: from the Rubell Family Collection”, Palm Springs Art Museum, California (catalogue)
”People and Places: Selections from the Allen Thomas Jr. Photography Collection”, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC.
“Far From Home”, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC (catalogue)
“Keith Haring Retrospective, with photographs by Tseng Kwong Chi,” Museum of Contemporary Art,
Lyon, France (catalogue)

2007-08 “Brasil: des Focos,” Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Pao das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, curated by Messia Pope and Paul Herkenhoff, (bi-lingual catalogue)
“From Street to Studio, Studio to Street” curated by Mara Williams Oakes, Brattleboro Museum,
Brattleboro, VT (catalogue)
“Energy,” Visual AIDS January 2007 Web Gallery, curated by the NYU Tisch High School Photography
Program, www.thebody.com/visualaids/web...

2006-07 “The Grand Canyon: From Dream to Icon,” Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
“The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974 - 84,” curated by Carlo McCormick,
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX (catalogue)
“The Jean-Michel Basquiat Show,” Le Mostre della Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy (Skira catalogue)

2006 “Placed in China,” Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Smoke and Mirrors: Deception in Contemporary Art,” Visual Arts Gallery, The University of Alabama at
Birmingham, AL
“Personal Perspectives: Aspects of American Photography,” de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby,” curated by Ron Roth, Reading Museum,
Reading, PA (catalogue)

2005 “The Keith Haring Show,” Le Mostre della Triennale di Milano, Milan Italy (Skira catalogue)
“Pop Shop Tokyo Photographs,” published by George Mulder Fine Art and Malca Fine Art, Suzanne
Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland and Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany
“L’art a la Plage: Keith Haring,” (Pop Shop Tokyo photographs), Galerie Enrico Navarra in cooperation
with Galerie Jerome de Noirmont and George Mulder Fine Art, St. Tropez, France (catalogue)
“Artists Interrogate: Race and Identity,” Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
“Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism,” from the Collections of the George Eastman House,
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach.
“Collection Remixed,” curated by Antonio Sergio Bessa, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
“Vintage East Village,” curated by Rick Prol, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY
Visual AIDS November 2005 Web Gallery, curated by Lei Chou.
Visual AIDS February 2005 Web Gallery, curated by Nayland Blake.

2004-05 “East Village USA,” curated by Dan Cameron, New Museum of Contemporary Art,
New York, NY (catalogue)
“The Andy Warhol Show,” Le Mostre della Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy (Skira catalogue)

2004 “Techniques of the Visible: Tseng Kwong Chi,” Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, China
(bilingual catalogue)
“Camera/Action,” Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Visual AIDS November 2004 Web Gallery, curated by Bruce Silverstein.

2003-04 "Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self," curated by Coco Fusco and Brian
Wallis, International Center of Photography, New York, NY (catalogue)

2003 "Commodification of Buddhism," The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
"Road Show," curator Cindy Rucker, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
“Me, Myself and I: Looking at Portraiture,” CRG Gallery, New York, NY
"The Bold 1980's: A Collector's Vision," Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

2002-04 "Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs," curated by William Stapp,
New York Historical Society, New York, NY; National Portrait Gallery at the S. Dillon
Ripley Center International Gallery, Washington, DC; Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst IL;
Museum of New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM (catalogue)

2002-03 "Who? Me? Role Play in Self-Portrait Photography," Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
“New York après New York," Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Caves de la Maison de
Courten à Sierre, Sierre, Switzerland

2002 "Archi-Tourism," Buell Center of American Architecture, Columbia University, New York, NY(catalogue)
"Where is Elvis?" Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
"Uniforms in Fact and Fantasy," American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA
"Manicurated: Conversations with the Permanent Collection, A Project with Judi Werthein," The
Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
"Visualizing the Blues: Images of the American South 1862-1999," Austin Museum of Art,
Austin, TX
"Contemporary Photographs," Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
"Portrait as Performance," curated by Carla Hanzal and Ashley Kistler, Hand Workshop Art
Center, Richmond, VA; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, (catalogue)

2001-02 "Issues of Identity in Recent American Art," curated by Dan Mills, Roland Gibson Art Gallery, SUNY Potsdam, NY; University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ; Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (catalogue)

2000 "Recent Acquisitions," The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
"A Day With(out) Art Web Action," Web exhibition curated by Creative Time, New York, NY
"Our Quarter Century: The University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography Turns 25,"
Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
“Into Our Prime: Acquisitions Since 1996,” Center for Creative Photography, The University of
Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1999 "The Cultured Tourist," Carol Ehlers Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Your I," Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
"Looking Into the Collection: Celebrity," Center for Creative Photography, University of
Arizona, Tucson, AZ
“Bodies of Work: Series and Obsessions from the Center of Creative Photography,” The
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
"Basquiat: Portraits by Tseng Kwong Chi," L'Espal Centre Culturel, Le Mans, France

1998 "[ID]entiteit," organized by Goethe Institute at Hessenhuis, Antwerp, Belgium
"Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Tseng Kwong Chi," Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
"Identity Revealed: Meaning & Message in Contemporary Art," Ackland Art Museum, University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
"New York Impressions," Galerie Mistral, Montreal, Quebec
"Mouse: An American Icon," Alternative Museum, New York, NY
"The Museum’s Collections: Past Directions/New Visions," The William Benton Museum of Art,
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
"Histories (Re)membered: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Bronx Museum of the
Arts," Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, NY
"The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, The Virtual Collection," Web exhibition in co-ordination with multiple institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
"The Cultured Tourist," Leslie Tonkonow Artworks & Projects, New York, NY

1996-97 "Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present," curated by
Sandra Phillips, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (catalogue)

1996 "Pushing Image Paradigms: Conceptual Maneuvers in Recent Photography," Portland Institute for
Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Out Takes," Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1995 "Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby," curated by Bruce Ferguson, Inaugural
Exhibition at Site Santa Fe, NM (catalogue)
"The Cultured Tourist," curated by Leslie Tonkonow, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY

1994-02 "An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital, Highlights of the Hallmark
Photographic Collection," curated by Keith F. Davis, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
Kansas City, MI; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; International Center of Photography-Midtown, New York, NY; Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (catalogue)

1994-96 "ASIA/AMERICA: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art," curated by Margo Machida,
Asia Society Galleries, New York, NY; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, NY; Walker Art
Center, Minnesota, MN; Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI; Center for the
Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX (catalogue)
"OLD GLORY: The American Flag in Contemporary Art," curated by David S. Rubin, Cleveland
Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; Art Gallery of Colorado Springs,
Colorado Springs, CO; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ (catalogue)

1993 "We Count! The State of Asian Pacific America - An Art Exhibit," organized by the Asian
American Arts Center at Tweed Gallery, New York, NY

1992 "California--The Cultural Edge,” presented by Giorgio Beverly Hills, Director’s Guild of America,
Hollywood, CA
"Travel Documents," San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

1991 "Site Seeing: Travel and Tourism in Contemporary Art," curated by Karen Higa, Whitney
Museum of American Art Downtown, New York, NY (catalogue)
1989 "Prisoners of Image," Alternative Museum, New York, NY

1987-88 "One Eye or Two?" curated by Robert Lee, Asian Arts Institute, New York, NY (catalogue)
"This is Not a Photograph: Twenty Years of Large Scale Photography, 1966-1986," curated by
Joseph Jacobs, John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL
"Immigrants and Refugees/Heroes or Villains," Exit Art, New York, NY
"Art for Money: A Benefit for Fashion Moda," Art Et Industrie, New York, NY
"Mainly on the Plane," 56 Bleecker Gallery Ltd., New York, NY

1987 "Portrayals," curated by Charles Stainback, International Center of Photography - Midtown, New
York, NY; Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art, IN (catalogue)

1986 "Television’s Impact on Contemporary Art," curated by Marc. H. Miller, Queens Museum,
Flushing, New York
"Arts and Leisure, Group Material," The Kitchen, New York, NY
"The East Village," curated by Richard Martin, The Galleries at Fashion Institute of
Technology, New York, NY

1985 "Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
"Correspondences: New York Art Now," La Foret Museum, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
"No Shadows: Recent Photographic Self Portraiture," curated by Matthew A. Postal, Lawrence Miller
Gallery, New York, NY
“Summer Better than Others,” Semaphore, New York, NY
"The Subway Show," curated by Nina Sundell, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
"Semaphore/Semaphore East," Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WN
“Tight as Spring," curated by Barry Blinderman, Kamikaze, New York, NY
"Rain Dance, A Benefit for Ethiopia," curated by Keith Haring, 292 Lafayette Street, NY, NY
“Taking Liberties," New York State Museum, Albany, NY
"5/5 Figuration Libre France/USA," curated by Otto Hahn and Herve Perdriolle, Musee d’Art
Moderne de La Ville de Paris, Paris, France

1984 "New Attitudes: Paris/New York," curated by Sande Deitch and Tseng Kwong Chi, Pittsburgh
Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue)
“Body Politic,” curated by Steven L. Kaplan, Tower, New York, NY
"In My End is My Beginning," Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY
"The New Portrait," curated by Jeffrey Deitch, P.S.1 Long Island City, Queens, NY

1983 "Traditions and Modern Configurations," Monogram Products, New York, NY and Wake Forest
University, Wake Forest, NC
“Running ’83,” curated by Deborah Ulian and Art Guerra, International Running Center, New York, NY
"Matrix 75," in conjunction with Keith Haring, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
"Hong Kong/Tokyo/New York," curated by John Woo, Kenkeleba House, New York, NY
"Intoxication," curated by Nicolas A. Moufarrege, Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, NY

1982 "The Famous Show," Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, NY
“Red,” Stefanotti, New York, NY
"Spring," P.S.1, Long Island City, Queens, New York, NY

1980 "First Invitational," curated by Keith Haring, Club 57, New York, NY


Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
(85 large-format silver gelatin prints from the East Meets West a.k.a. Expeditionary Self-Portraits Series)
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
Dartmouth University Art Museum, Hanover, New Hampshire
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
The George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
The Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The New School for Social Research, New York, New York
The New York Public Library, New York, New York
The Queens Museum, Queens, New York
Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
The Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
University of Connecticut, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts


The Alturas Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
Bank of America Collection, New York, New York
Dow Jones, New York, New York
The Equitable Corporation, New York, New York
Goldman Sachs Corporate Collection, New York, New York
Hallmark Photographic Collection, Kansas City, Missouri (catalogue)
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York, New York
The Keith Haring Foundation, New York, New York
HBO, New York, New York
La Salle Bank, Chicago, Illinois
The Martin Margolis Collection, Miami, Florida
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Refco Collection of Modern Photography, Chicago, Illinois
The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida
The West Collection at SEI, Oaks, Pennsylvania
The Sprint Collection, Overland Park, Kansas


Tseng Kwong Chi: Self-Portraits 1979-1989, exhibition catalogue with texts by Lilly Wei, Dan Cameron,
Kenny Scharf and Muna Tseng, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY, 2008.
Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, England, 2008.
Tseng Kwong Chi, Ambiguous Ambassador, monograph of 95 photographs from the Expeditionary
Self-Portraits Series, with texts by Dan Cameron, Richard Martin and Grady T. Turner,
Nazraeli Press/JGS, 2005.
A Retrospective, Improbable Pilgrim: The Photographs of Tseng Kwong Chi, essay by Amy Ingrid
Schlegel, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2002.
Tseng Kwong Chi: The Expeditionary Works, essay by Barry Blinderman, Houston Center for
Photography, Houston, TX, 1992.
Tseng Kwong Chi, foreword by Richard Martin, Art Random, Kyoto Shoin, 1990.
Art in Transit, New York Subway Drawings by Keith Haring, introduction by Henry Geldzahler and text by
Keith Haring, Harmony Books, Crown Publishers,1984.


2011 Art in the Streets, MOCA Los Angeles, CA, Skira/Rizzoli 2011, pp. 58, 100-103, 290, 313.
Keith Haring: 1978-1982, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH /Kunsthalle Wien, pp. 210-219.
New York: A Photographer’s City, edited by Marla Hamburg Kennedy, Rizzoli 2011, pp. 10.
The Global Africa Project, curated by Lowery Stokes Sim and Leslie King-Hammond, Museum of
Arts and Design, New York, NY, Prestel 2011, pp. 46.

2010 Dreamlands, Centre Pompidou, 2010, Paris, France, pp.156-157.
Hide/Seek: Differences and Desire in American Portraiture, by Jonathan D. Katz, David C. Ward,
Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, 2010, Washington, D.C.. Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, 2011, pp. 234-235, 246-247.
Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, edited by Ethel Seno, Carlo McCormick, Marc & Sara Schiller, Wooster Collective, Tashen 2010, pp. 8.

2009 Basquiat, by Glenn O’Brien, Dieter Buchhart, Robert Storr, Fondation Beyeler, 2009, Basel, Switzerland, pp.80, 84, 153, 174, 176
Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Enrico Navarra, Jean-Louis Prat, Johnny Depp, Achille Bonito Olica, Richard Marchall, Bruno Bischofberger, Galerie Enrico Navarra, 2009, Paris, France, pp. 6, 9, 17, 18, 23, 62.
Kenny Scharf, by Richard Marshall, Ann Magnuson, Paul Kasmin Gallery/Rizzoli, 2009, pp. 6, 8-14, 18-20.
Pop Life: Art in a Material World, edited by jack Bankowsky, Alison M. Gingeras, Catherine Wood, Tate Publishing 2009, pp.28, 64, 66-67, 125.

2008 Keith Haring, by Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Suzanne Geiss, Kenny Scharf, George Condo,
(181 plates) Rizzoli, 2008.
Self and Other: Portraits from Asia and Europe, edited by Kenji Yoshida and Brian Durrans, Asahi Shimbun, Osaka, Japan, 2008 pp. 246.
The American Tornado: Art in Power 1949-2008 by Germano Celant, Skira, Italy 2008
The Keith Haring Retrospective, Skira, Italy, 2008.

2007 Studio in the Street, Street in the Studio, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont, 2007.
Keith Haring: Works from the Navarra Collection, Enrico Navarra Editions, France, 2007.

2006 Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby, Bunker Hill Publishing, Piermont, 2006, pp. 8, 13, 17, 36, 44.
The Jean-Michel Basquiat Show, by Gianni Mercurio, Glenn O’Brien, Annette Lagler, Demetrio Paparoni, Fondazione La Tirennale di Milano, Skira, Italy, 2006, pp.33, 34, 37, 38.
The Andy Warhol Show, Skira, Italy, 2006. pp. 174, 222-223, 288.
The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984, Taylor, Marvin J., Ed., Princeton University
Press, Princeton; Oxford, 2006, pp. 21-22, 35, 84, 188, Cover.

2005 Architourism, Ed. by Joan Ockman and Salomon Frausto, Columbia Buell Center/Prestel, 2005,
pp. 82-85.
Bits & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole, Walker Art Center Collections, Walker
Art Center, Minneapolis, 2005.
The Keith Haring Show, edited by Gianni Mercurio, Demetrio Paparoni, Fondazione La Tirennale di Milano, Skira, Italy, 2005, pp. 16, 18, 21, 22, 33, 61, 73, 80, 92-93, 96, 114, 132,
L’art a la Plage, Edition Enrico Navarro, Paris, France, 2005, pp. 97-112, 145-160.

2004 20 Years of Style: The World According to Paper, Hastreiter, Kim and Hershkovits, David, 2004.
Shanghai Biennale: Techniques of the Visible, exhibition catalogue, 2004, pp. 76-79.
Works from the Refco Collection of Contemporary Photography, Refco Group Ltd., 2004, pp.154-155.
The Rubell Family Collection, 40 Years, essay by Mark Coetzee, 2004, pp. 30, 32-33.

2003 Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, Fusco, Coco and Wallis, Brian, exhibition
catalogue, International Center of Photography, New York, Abrams, 2003, pp. 38, 58, BC.

2002 Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs, exhibition catalogue, National Portrait
Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2002, Image 82.
Original Sources, Art and Archives at the Center for Contemporary Photography, CCP, University of
Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2002, pp. 212-213 and title page.

1999 On the Beaten Track, Lippard, Lucy, The New Press, New York, pp. 35-36, 1999.

1995 An American Century of Photography, The Hallmark Collection, text by Keith Davis, Hallmark Cards, Inc., in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., pp. 314-45, 353, 1995.

1994 Against Nostalgia: The Photo Images of Tseng Kwong Chi, Lowe, Donald M. 1994.
Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Duke University Press, 1994.
Rubin, David S., The American Flag in Contemporary Art, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art,
Cleveland, OH, 1994.
Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art, text by Margo Machida, The Asia Society, The New Press, New York, pp. 63, 1994.

1991 Site Seeing: Travel and Tourism in Contemporary Art, essay by Karen M. Higa, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1991.

1987 One Eye or Two, introduction by Robert Lee and essay by Barry Schwabsky, Asian Arts Institute,
New York, 1987.
Portrayals, introduction by Charles Stainback, and essay by Carol Squiers, International Center of
Photography, ICP Midtown, New York, 1987.
This is not a Photograph: Twenty Years of Large Scale Photography, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, 1987.
The Avant Garde in New York, foreword by Serichi Tanka, Tanaka Studio, Inc., Tokyo, 1987.

1986 Images ‘86, Galerie Beau Lezard, Editions Rivages, Paris, 1986.
Television’s Impact on Contemporary Art, text by Marc H. Miller, The Queens County Art and Cultural
Center, Flushing, New York, 1986.
Art After Midnight, text by Steven Hagar, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1986.
Keith Haring vu par Tseng Kwong Chi, forward by Jean Louis Froment, CAPC Musee d’Art
Contemporain de Bordeaux, France, 1986.
Correspondences: New York Art Now, text by Nicholas Moufarrege, Tsurumoto Room Co. Ltd.,
Tokyo, 1986.

1984 5/5 Figuration Libre France/USA, text by Otto Hahn, Herve Perdriolle, and Jeffrey Deitch, Musee d’Art Modernede la Ville de Paris, Paris.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY (Reviews and Articles)

2008 “Tseng Kwong Chi at Paul Kasmin Gallery,” Art in America, June/July 2008.
“Tseng Kwong Chi,” ArtUS, Summer 2008.
“Tseng Kwong Chi,” The New Yorker, May 5, 2008.
“Tseng Kwong Chi,” Interview, April 2008.
“Tseng Kwong Chi Opening at Paul Kasmin in NYC Tonight!” Paper, April 2008.
“The Resurrection of Tseng Kwong Chi,” Paper, March 2008.

2007 Gerard, George, “Tseng Kwong Chi: Ambiguous Ambassador,” Artscope, September/October
McQuaid, Kate, “Inscrutable Chi,” The Boston Globe, September 13, 2007.
“Tseng Kwong Chi,” Mao Mag, February 2007.

2006 Jones, Kristin M., “The Downtown Show,” Frieze, May 2006.

2005 “United States: our Selection A-Z,” The Art Newspaper, February 2005.

2004 Laster, Paul, “Suitable Attire Required,” Art AsiaPacific, cover and article, Fall 2004.
Glover, Felicity, “The Accidental Ambassador,” Post Magazine, Hong Kong, September 12, 2004.
Grumberg, Ariel, “Le Guide du Rout’Art,” BeauxArts, July 2004.
Tong, Allan, “Floods and Imposters,” ricepaperonline.com, Spring 2004.
Kee, Joan, “Asiamericasia: Towards a Globalized Asian American Art History,” talk and publication,
CAA Conference 2004.
Schueller, Malini Johar, “Claiming Postcolonial America: The Hybrid Asian-American Performances
Of Tseng Kwong Chi,” Asian North American Identities, Ed. by Eleanor Ty and
Donald C. Goellnicht, 2004.

2003 Goodman, Jonathan, “Tseng Kwong Chi at Chambers Fine Art,” review, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, December 2003.
Yoshimoto, Midori, “Commodification of Buddhism,” review, Art Asia Pacific, Fall 2003.
Balzer, David, “It’s Official,” Eye Weekly, www.eye.com, May 8, 2003.
O’Sullivan, Michael, “Examining the Artist as Subject,” The Washington Post Weekend,
February 14, 2003.
Johnson, Ken, “Who? Me?” The New York Times, January 10, 2003.

2002 Boxer, Sarah, “Photography Review,” The New York Times, November 22, 2002.
Chinese Art News, November 2002.
Lorber, Martin Barnes, "Tseng Kwong Chi: Ambiguous Ambassador," Asian Art, October 2002.
“Art cue: Tseng Kwong Chi,” New York, October 21, 2002.
Bach, Penny Balkin, "Lessons Learned," Public Art Review, Fall/Winter 02.
Row, D.K., "Lost in America," The Oregonian, April 26, 2002.
Habib, John Philip, "A Life in Chinese Drag," The Advocate, April 2, 2002.
Shapiro, Howard, "The Ambiguous Ambassador," The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 28, 2002.
Ranney, Dave, "University Exhibit Meditates on pre-Sept. 11 New York," Lawrence Journal-World,
March 2002.
Johnson, Ken, "Tseng Kwong Chi," The New York Times, March 1, 2002.
Lewis, Francis, "Ultimate Tourist," Where, March 2002.
Levin, Kim, "Voice Choices," Village Voice, February 2002.

2000 Stewart, Laura, "Collection Takes Viewers on Journey," The News Journal, October 29, 2000.
Small, Irene V., "Spectacle of Invisibility: The Photography of Tseng Kwong Chi and Nikki S. Lee,"
Dialogue, Spring-Summer 2000.
Young, Clara, "Slutforart," Dutch, January/February 2000.

1999 Carr, C., "Just Visiting This Planet," Village Voice, March 9, 1999.

1998 Goldberg, Vicki, “Photography Review,” The New York Times, November 27, 1998.
Cotter, Holland, “Art Review,” The New York Times, August 14, 1998.
"Around Town," Time Out New York, July 1998.
"Recommended Art-Chelsea Galleries," The New York Times, February 1998.

1997 Loke, Margaret, “Photography Review,” The New York Times, November 7, 1997.
Kee, Joan, Artnet.com, October 1997.
Regan, Margaret, "Eternal Tourist," Tucson Weekly, October 23-29, 1997.
Pedersen, Victoria, "Gallery Go' Round," Paper, October 1997.
Levin, Kim, "Voice Choices," Village Voice, September 1997.
Cotter, Holland, "Tseng Kwong Chi," The New York Times, September 1997.
Baker, Kenneth, "This Mao Uniform Traveled Well," San Francisco Chronicle, June 10, 1997.
Perrott, Jeff, "Tseng Kwong Chi," artsMEDIA, April 1997.
Turner, Grady T., "The Accidental Ambassador, " Art in America, March 1997.
Creative Camera, February/March, 1997.

1996 Isola, Marina, "Tseng Kwong Chi, East Meets West: The Expeditionary Series," Time Out New York, November 14-21, 1996.
Schjeldahl, Peter, "Everywhere Man," Village Voice, November 19, 1996.
Loke, Margaret, "Inside Photography," The New York Times, October 18, 1996.
"Tseng Kwong Chi," New Yorker, October 1996.
Dewan, Shaila, "Crossed Cultures," Houston Press, July 4-10, 1996.
Lei, Boniya, Hsiung Shih Art Monthly (Taipei, Taiwan), May 1996.

1995 Bonetti, David, "Asian Artists Test U.S. Waters," San Francisco Examiner, October 20, 1995.
Maclay, Catherine, "Immigrants' Art Shows Culture Clash," San Jose Mercury News, October 13, 1995.
Baker, Kenneth, "Asian Immigrant Arts Revealed," San Francisco Chronicle, October 12, 1995.
Rose, Joan, "Asian Americans Express Cross-Cultural Artistry," The Honolulu Advertiser,
August 20, 1995.
Van de Walle, Mark, "Site Santa Fe," Artforum, 1995.

1994 Hollander, Kurt, "Tseng Kwong Chi: The Communist Tourist," cover and feature article, Poleister
(Mexico), Volume 10, Fall 1994.
Blinderman, Barry, "Tseng Kwong Chi," Photographers International, June 1994.
"Goings on about town: Asia Society," The New Yorker, April 11, 1994.
Wallach, Amei, "Immigrant Asians' Debut," New York Newsday, March 11, 1994.
Barry, Rebecca, "Tseng Kwong Chi at the Alternative Museum," Asian Art News,
January/February 1994.

1993 Aletti, Vince, "Voice Choices: Tseng Kwong Chi," The Village Voice, November 23, 1993.

1992 Wallace, Amy, "California-the Cultural Edge," The Los Angeles Times, November 18, 1992.
Bonetti, David, review, "San Francisco Examiner, August 14, 1992.
Chadwick, Susan, “Photos portray life in poor countries,” The Houston Post, April 1, 1992, p. D-8.
Johnson, Patricia, C., “Satellite Photos,” Houston Chronicle, March 27, 1992, p. 4E.
Satterwhite, Steve, “Jean Caslin,” Houston Press, March 19, 1992, p. 10.
Review of HCP exhibition, World Journal of Texas, March 6, 1992 (Chinese).
Cunningham, Carl, “Dancer’s tribute unites art forms,” The Houston Post, March 5, 1992.
Caslin, Jean and Shackleford, Bill, “Tseng Kwong Chi: The Expeditionary Works the Houston Center for
Photography,” Photo Metro, March 1992, pp. 28-33.

1990 Hess, Elizabeth, The Village Voice, October 1, 1990.
Bernstein, Stacey, “Spectrum,” ARTnews, Summer 1990, p. 39.
“Artworld," Art in America, May, p. 273.

1989 "Cities," text and photos by Tseng Kwong Chi, Inside, Spring 1989, pp. 5,13 and cover.

1988 "Tseng Kwong Chi: Monuments and Natural Wonders," Aperture, Spring 1988, p. 16.
“The Haringtons”, Details, October 1988, p. 168

1987 Cunningham, Ann, "'Portrayals' seeks measure of truth by revealing little lies," The Indiana Star,
December 16, 1987.
Aletti, Vince, "Face Off," The Village Voice, July 7, 1987.
Grundberg, Andy, review of "Portrayals," The New York Times, July 5, 1987.
Aletti, Vince, "Voice Choices: Portrayals," The Village Voice, June 30, 1987.
Schwabsky, Barry, Arts Magazine, May 1987, p. 107.
Becker, Robert, "Modern Masters: Tseng Kwong Chi", Interview, May 1987, pp. 103-131.
"The Rocky Mountain Maoist," Harpers, May 1987, p. 32.
Hagenberg, Roland, "King Kwong: A Mock Chinese Tourist Discovers America,"
Artfinder, May 1987, pp. 86-87.
L.A., "Tseng Kwong Chi: Casas Toledo Oosterom," 108: An East Village Review, March/April 1987.

1986 Martin, Richard, "East Meets West Meets North by Northwest: Tseng Kwong Chi in the Badlands and at Mount Rushmore," Arts Magazine, October 1986, pp. 72-73.
Martin, Richard, “The Expeditionary Photographs of Tseng Kwong Chi,” Arts Magazine, September 1986
Lathem, Alexis, "Review of show at Gallery Casas Toledo Oosterom," 108, An East Village Review,
March-April 1986, cover.
Djanoumoff, Philippe, "Le Chinois Photographieur, Le Chinois Photographie,"
L’Equerre, 1986, pp. 10-11.
Gross, Michael, “Art of the Improbable: An East Village Exhibit,” The New York Times, Feb. 25, 1986.
Handy, Ellen, "Leonid Sokov/Tseng Kwong Chi/Gregg Smith,"Arts Magazine, March 1986, pp. 142-143.
Vandel, Philippe, "Le Chinois qui se Photographe Partout," Actuel, January 1986, p. 154.

1985 Engler, Brigitte, "Mr. Pop," Paper, November 1985.
Peillon, Antoine, "Nouvelle Vague Fuji en ClerqueObscur Arles ‘85," Photoreporter, August 1985,
pp. 32-33.
Mohri, Noriko, "Tseng Kwong Chi," Studio Voice, July 1985, pp. 54-59.
Lombard, Christine, "East Meets West," Clichés, July 1985.
Jenaer, Stephanie, "East Meets West," Clichés, April 1985, pp. 24-25.
Holm, Stellan, "Vem Bar Vem, New York," Chic, April 1985, pp. 24-25.
“Paris: Free Figuration,” ARTnews, April 1985.
"Art in Transit," Heavy Metal, February 1985, p. 49.
Breevette, Genevieve, "Figuration Libre a l’Arc, Effects Speciaux, Le Monde, January 1985, p. 15.
"Figuration Libre, UneInvitation a la Culture Mass-Medias," Guide des Mentalites Nouvelles, 1985.

1984 Spitzer, Carolyn, "New York," City Magazine, December 1984, p. 13.
"Mao Wow Wow," New York Talk, November 1984, p.19.
"Art in Transit," An An, November 1984, p. 21.
der Chung, Ming, "20th Century Art, Grafitti in New York Subway," World Journal,
November 1984, pp. 24-27.
Chadakoff, Rochelle, "Front Runners," US Magazine, November 1984, p. 7.
Miller, Donald, "What a Difference," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 6, 1984.
Lowry, Patricia, "'Paris/New York' shows a mixed bag," The Pittsburgh Press, October 4, 1984.
May, Mike, "Paris on the Ohio," Market Square, October 3, 1984, p. 11.
Ramirez-Harwood, Yasmin, "Subculture in Print," East Village Eye, October 1984, p. 35.
Lowry, Patricia, "New Wave Art," The Pittsburgh Press, September 20, 1984, pp. c-1, c-9.
“Arts Center Brings Together Artists from N.Y., Paris,” Market Square, September 19, 1984.
Hershkovits, David, review of Semaphore exhibition, Paper, August 1984.
Hagen, Charles, “Tseng Kwong Chi,” Artforum, April 1984.
Handy, Ellen, review of Semaphore show, Arts Magazine, March 1984, pp. 36-37.
Bannon, Anthony, "C.E.P.A./Hallwalls Galleries, Disparate Exhibits Offer
Potpourri of Media, Themes," Buffalo News, February 12, 1984.
Gorey, Mark, "Hallwalls/C.E.P.A.Beguiles, Entertains," Prodigal Sun, February 1984, cover & centerfold.
Perdriolle, Herve, "Magie Noire, Magie Blanche," Beaux Arts, January 1984, pp. 55-59.
Lorrain, Christine, Zoom (USA edition), January 1984.

1983 Lorrain, Christine, Zoom, (French edition), December 1984.
Heller, Faith, Winston-Salem Journal, November 1983.
"East Meets West," Flash Art, May 1983.
Glueck, Grace, "Art: One Man's Biennial Assembles 102 Artists," The New York Times, April 15, 1983.
Moufarrege, Nicolas, "Intoxication," Arts, April 1983.
Moufarrege, Nicolas, "Tseng Kwong Chi and Rammellzee," Flash Art, March 1983.
Moufarrege, Nicolas, "Found Objects and Found Space," New York Native, March 14-27 1983.
Webb, Jane, East Village Eye, March 1983.
McDarrah, Fred, Village Voice, February 1983, centerfold.
Moufarrege, Nicolas, "The Famous Show," Flash Art, January 1983.

1982 Moufarrege, Nicolas, "The East Village: Another Wave," Arts Magazine, December 1982.


Yale Brachman Award for Distinguished Cultural Contribution, Timothy Dwight College,
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Award for Distinguished Work, Asia American Arts Institute, New York City.


1986 "Keith Haring’s Party of Life III," The Palladium, New York City.

1982 "Scandinavia Today," The Clocktower, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York City.
“The Kitchen Tour," Staten Island Ferry, New York City.
"Space Invaders," P.S. 1, Long Island City, Queens, New York City.
"Valentine’s Day," Stilwend, New York City.

1981 "Avalon Beach Patrol Lifeguard Ball," Wildwood, New York City.
"Inaugural Ball," The Mudd Club, New York City.
"Royal Wedding," The Underground, New York City.

1980 "Chinese Costume Exhibition," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
"Artists and Models Ball," Danceteria, New York City.
"First Invitational," Club 57, New York City.


“SlutForArt” a.k.a. “Ambiguous Ambassador,” 75 minute dance-theater work on the life and art
of Tseng Kwong Chi, by Muna Tseng and Ping Chong, 1999, winner of the “Bessie”,
a New York Dance and Performance Award.

"East Meets West: Portrait of Tseng Kwong Chi," 6 1/2 minute film by Christine Lombard,1984,
collection of Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC.; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
New York, NY; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.