Ken Lum is a Vancouver-based conceptual artist working in painting, photography, sculpture, installation and large-scale public commissions that speak to issues of personal and cultural identity in a globalized world. He has exhibited widely for three decades, including leading international venues such as the Sao Paulo Biennale (1998), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Documenta XI (2002), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Gwangju Biennale (2008) and Moscow Biennale (2011), and a major retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2011). He served as project manager for Okwui Enwezor's The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945 – 1994 (2001) and co-curator of the 7th Sharjah Biennial (2005) and the exhibition Shanghai Modern: 1919 – 1945 (2005). His public art commissions include works for St. Moritz, Switzerland; Leiden and Utrecht, Netherlands; Vienna, Austria; and Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto.
Lum taught at the University of British Columbia from 1990 to 2006 and has been guest professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Munich; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Rijksakademie Amsterdam, and China Art Academy, Hangzhou. The co-founder and founding editor of Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, he has published extensively, including an artists' book project with philosopher Hubert Damisch (Three Star Press, Paris). His honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award, Dorothy Somerset Award and Killam Prize.
"Art in the Public Sphere"
The artist gives an illustrated talk on his public art commissions
Tuesday, April 24 – 2:30pm
Room 334 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University
4700 Keele St. Toronto | Map & Directions