Tseng Kwong Chi


Artist Bio

Tseng Kwong Chi is a photographer who was active in the East Village art scene in the 1980’s. His most famous body of work is his self-portrait series, East Meets West, also called the “Expeditionary Series.” In the series, Tseng dressed in what he called his “Mao suit” and sunglasses, and photographed himself situated, often emotionlessly, in front of iconic tourist sites of the West including Notre Dame de Paris and the World Trade Center.

Tseng also took thousands of photographs of New York graffiti artist Keith Haring throughout the 1980’s working on murals, installations and the subway. In 1984, his photographs were shown with Haring’s work at the opening of the Semaphore Gallery’s East Village location in a show titled “Art in Transit.”  (wikipedia)

Tseng Kwong Chi at the Paul Kasmin Gallery

Tseng Kwong Chi on Artnet