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Francis Summers

Pakistani conceptual artist, sculptor, painter, writer and curator, active in England. He graduated in civil engineering from the University of Karachi in 1962 and moved to London in 1964. He began working as an artist without any formal training, producing sculptures influenced by Minimalism and by his engineering experience; the four-part ...

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Filipino, 20th century, male.

Born 1937, in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines; died 13 April 2013.

Painter, conceptual artist.

Roberto Chabet studied architecture at the University of Santo Tomas and graduated in 1961, the year he held his first solo exhibition, at the Luz Gallery. He achieved early critical success when he won first prize for his painting ...

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Vietnamese-American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1968, in Ha Tien, Vietnam.

Photographer, video artist, conceptual artist.

In 1978, Dinh Q. Lê fled Vietnam with his family to the United States, where he eventually gained U.S. citizenship. After completing his BA in fine arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in ...

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Catherine M. Grant

British film maker, installation artist and conceptual artist of Pakistani birth, active in England. She completed a BFA at Goldsmiths’ College, London, between 1991 and 1994. For her degree show she created Pushed/Pulled (1994; see 1998 exh. cat.), changing the door panels at the entrance to the college’s studios so that they read ‘Pushed’ and ‘Pulled’ rather than ‘Push’ and ‘Pull’. This kind of conceptual slippage is typical of Floyer’s work. In ...

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Anthony Gardner

Malaysian conceptual artist, active also in Australia. Gill studied at the University of Western Sydney, completing her MA in 2001. Despite working in a range of media, she is best understood as a process-based artist who has consistently explored notions of migration and transformation within material culture. These include the effects of international trade on such everyday activities as cooking and eating. The spiral form of ...

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Peter A. Nagy

Indian conceptual artist. Gupta studied sculpture at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay, graduating in 1997. Gupta was the Indian artist who most explicitly embraced digital and web-based art practice. Her first work to gain wide attention in India was Untitled (2002...

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David Spalding and Nika Elder

Vietnamese conceptual artist. Lê was born near the Cambodian border, but fled with his family when his hometown was invaded by the Khmer Rouge in 1979. Lê moved to Los Angeles and studied photography at the University of California, Santa Barbara and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in ...

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Filipino, 20th century, male.

Active in the UK.

Born 1942, in Manila.

Sculptor (mixed media).

Process Art, Kinetic Art, Conceptual Art.

David Medalla is of mixed race and was brought up in the port city of Manila, an ideal location for cultural exchange. Apart from his fascination with the abundant tropical flora of the 7,000 islands constituting the Philippine archipelago, two things caught Medalla’s attention from an early stage: the concept of hylozoism put forward by the pre-Socratic philosopher Thales (which proposes that all matter is living) and contemporary astrophysics (which proposes that the universe is expanding). At the start of the 1960s Medalla settled in London, where he worked. He visited Paris and saw the first works by Soto and Takis. His place in the history of art is entirely bound up with the appearance, development and fading away of the kinetic art phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s. Just as Frank Popper’s ...

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Peter A. Nagy

Indian conceptual and installation artist . Sundaram studied painting (1961–5) at the M.S. University of Baroda, in the western Indian state of Gujarat and at the Slade School in London (1966–8). In 1970 he returned to India and developed a style of figurative painting that became associated with what came to be known as the Baroda School (his peers being Bhupen Khakhar (...

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Reena Jana

Thai conceptual and installation artist, active also in the USA ( see fig. ). Tiravanija, son of a Thai diplomat, studied at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto and the Banff Center School of Fine Arts, before attending the art school of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Tiravanija’s practice often involves everyday actions and commonplace materials, as well as audience interaction. His first untitled solo show, at 303 Gallery, New York in ...