Artist, designer and environmentalist, Maya Lin interprets the natural world through science, history, politics, and culture, creating a remarkable and highly acclaimed body of work in art and architecture. Her works merge the physical and psychological environment, presenting a new way of seeing the world around us. A woman with a great legacy, Maya recently sat down with Surface Magazine in her New York studio to discuss her past, her process and what she calls her tripod of pursuits—art,
From January 29 – February 4, 2019, Sotheby’s London will host Tomorrow’s Tigers, a fundraising exhibition of specially commissioned rugs supporting the work of the World Wide Fund for Nature. The exhibition is comprised of specially commissioned limited edition art rugs by 11 internationally renowned contemporary artists – including Pace artists Maya Lin, Raqib Shaw and Kiki Smith. The rugs will be shown in dialogue with a collection of rare antique Tibetan Tiger Rugs, devised and curated by AR
Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing is an ambitious, site-specific exhibition that will explore nature's lasting power and reveal its fragility through Maya Lin’s unique language of art. The acclaimed artist and designer will present new works in a variety of media, from bamboo reeds to glass industrial marbles, all created in response to the Hudson River. This powerful exhibition will assert the perpetual importance of dialogue between artists past and present, environmental awareness, education,
On Tuesday, November 22, Maya Lin will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor. She is the second female artist to receive the honor after Georgia O' Keeffe. Congratulations Maya Lin! Watch the award ceremony live at the White House Tuesday, November 22 at 3pm EST. Stream the live ceremony here.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7 - 9 p.m. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum Join Maya Lin in conversation with Paul Holdengräber as they discuss Lin's art and architecture projects around the world and her final memorial, What is Missing?, a project that raises awareness about the crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. In conjunction with the release of the monograph Maya Lin: Topologies, Lin will reflect on how she has shaped our shared spac
Pace Gallery congratulates Maya Lin for being among the first individuals to receive the Smithsonian's Portrait of a Nation Prize, which was presented to Lin on November 15 in Washington, DC. The award comes on the heels of a new monograph on the artist, charting her interdisciplinary practice over three decades. Newly created, the prize was also given to Henry “Hank” Aaron, Corporal Kyle Carpenter, Aretha Franklin and Carolina Herrera, recognizing these individuals for their contributions
During the course of her remarkable interdisciplinary career, Maya Lin has created a powerful and highly influential body of work. Her new Rizzoli-published monograph, Maya Lin: Topologies, includes over 400 pages of the artist’s own sketches, drawings and reflections on three decades of work. This month, Maya Lin will also be among the first artists awarded the Smithsonian’s Portrait of a Nation prize at the inaugural American Portrait Gala on November 15. Honorees include Henry “Hank” Aaron,
Maya Lin's solo exhibition A History of Water is on view at The Orlando Museum of Art in Florida through May 20. The exhibition features sculptures, drawings, and installations which examine the past, present, and future states of the natural environment. Lin asks visitors to consider their relationship to the environment through pieces which address water systems and through her multimedia collaborative piece What is Missing? For more information about the exhibition, click here.
Maya Lin has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the U.S. State Department Medal of Arts. Lin will be presented the award by Secretary of State John Kerry in a ceremony on January 21, 2015. The award is bestowed biennially to artists in recognition of their artistic achievements and commitment to the Art in Embassies program. In 2014, Lin was honored with the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and had solo exhibitions at Ivory Press, Madrid; the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; and the Parrish Art
Pace is pleased to announce that Maya Lin will receive the 21st annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a prestigious award given to a person “who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life. “Chosen from 100 nominees in the arts, Lin will use the $300,000 prize to continue her work on “What Is Missing?,” an ongoing project that raises awareness about the loss of biodiversity and natural habitats. The 2014 selection co
This summer, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, will mount an exhibition of sculptures and installations by Maya Lin, entitled Platform: Maya Lin. The exhibition opens on July 4 and features Lin’s Pin River – Sandy, which is based on the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Also on view through October 13 are Lin’s recycled silver works and three marble sculptures. The exhibition will take place in the Parrish’s new sky-lit exhibition space designed by Herzog & de Meur
Pace Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of a new space, Chesa Büsin, in the historic city of Zuoz in the Engadin valley in Switzerland. The inaugural exhibition Carte Blanche traces fifty-four years of the gallery’s history and feature works in which white is the dominant shade by artists including: Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Tara Donovan, Robert Irwin, Lee Ufan, Robert Ryman, Yoshitomo Nara, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Carte Blanche will run from 20 February through 30 March
Pace is delighted to announce its participation in the 2013 edition of Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC), taking place at Paris’s Grand Palais from October 24 – 27, 2013. Featuring French artists Jean Dubuffet and Loris Gréaud alongside recent works by leading American, Asian, and European artists, the gallery’s stand (0.A44) will include photographs, works on paper, paintings, and sculpture.
Pace is pleased to announce its inaugural participation in ArtInternational Istanbul, taking place at Halic Congress Center, from 16–18 September 2013. The gallery’s booth D2 will include a selection of paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, installations, video, and multimedia works spanning from the 1980s to the present.
Pace is delighted to announce its participation in Art Dubai, held from 20 to 23 March. Highlights of Pace’s booth (J14) will include Les Trois Pics, a monumental black stabile by Alexander Calder; three of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Dioramas; and a wood sculpture by American artist Maya Lin. Pace will also show works by Yto Barrada, Brian Clarke, Keith Coventry, Tara Donovan, Kevin Francis Gray, Robert Irwin, Maya Lin, Yoshitomo Nara, Michal Rovner, Lucas Samaras, Bosco Sodi, Hiroshi Sugimoto, James
Pace is pleased to participate in the inaugural EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, September 20—23. Please visit us at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Booth 510. Highlights include Kiki Smith’s Corsage, 2011, a delicate bronze with gold leaf wall-mounted sculpture that continues the artist’s explorations of the human condition, the body, spirituality and nature; a shimmering mylar sculpture by Tara Donovan from 2009; a dynamic anthropomorphic cast b
Maya Lin has been selected by the State Department's Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) to be the next speaker in the AIE American Artist Lecture Series at the Tate Modern-London, part of a unique collaboration with Embassy London. In celebration of AIE’s 50th anniversary, Lin will speak about her practice and recent and upcoming projects on October 15, 2012. Throughout her career, Maya Lin has maintained a careful balance between art and architecture, creating a remarkable body of work that encom
In 1981, a Yale undergraduate named Maya Lin was catapulted to global prominence when her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was chosen over 1,441 other entries. Her striking creation — a black stone gash in the earth inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War — remains one of the world’s most moving war monuments. Now, three decades later, Lin has turned her attention to what she calls her “last memorial” — a global multim
Today the New Museum announced that New York-based conceptual artist and architect Maya Lin will be its fourth annual Visionaries Series honoree, and will speak at the Lower East Side institution on May 30. She follows the inaugural honoree, choreographer Bill T. Jones (2008), and subsequent visionaries like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales in 2010, and chef, activist, and Chez Panisse proprietor Alice Waters last year. The series, which is supported by the Stuart Regen Visionaries Fund, honors one
The relentlessness of Maya Lin is something to be in awe of. The 52-year-old architect, artist and sculptor held an audience of about 1,200 Pittsburghers enthralled at Carnegie Music Hall the other night as she spent nearly an hour and a quarter describing the arc of her career, from young architect to mid-career artist and environmentalist. She moved briskly through 206 slides and three brief videos and spent the last 20 minutes of her talk giving a global perspective on environmental issues li
Stephen Sondheim has been tapped to receive New York City’s highest prize for achievement in the arts. The Handel Medallion will be awarded to Mr. Sondheim on Nov. 1 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Alec Baldwin at a ceremony at Alice Tully Hall. Mikhail Baryshnikov; Alice Diamond, an arts advocate; the musician Jimmy Heath; the artist Maya Lin; and the Theater Development Fund, a nonprofit group that makes the theater more accessible to the public, will also be honored that evening for their c
With summer on the wane and autumn on the way, Nature’s where you want to be. And there’s no more bracing or reposeful place to find it than Storm King Art Center, one of the country’s premier outdoor sculpture parks, set on 500 acres of wide-open meadow and woodland in Mountainville, N.Y., about an hour’s drive north of Manhattan. Librado Romero, a photographer for The New York Times, has spent a lot of time there over the past year, watching constantly changing weather and light playing over o
Artist Maya Lin will give a talk at a dedication ceremony Friday for her series of sculptures now installed at Sacajawea State Park near Pasco. The outdoor art -- titled Story Circles -- is part of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's Confluence Project, which features artwork installed at historically significant locations along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Capts. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led an expedition to find a naviagable water route from the Missouri Riv
Artist Maya Lin will appear in St. Louis Wednesday for the unveiling of the new reflecting pool and plaza at the BJC Institute of Health. Lin is best known for designing the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. Lin’s plaza boasts some 40,000 native trees, grasses and plants and walking paths covered with exposed aggregate concrete and decomposed granite. The reflecting pool is 80 feet wide with a raised platform that features fiber-0ptic lighting designed to look like twinkling stars.
As much art as there is on view at any given moment in Chicago, it's still rare to find a show that's nearly flawless in its execution. And yet: The two (two!) mentioned here are prime examples of exhibits that live up to the high expectations placed on them months ago, when word of their installations first began circulating. If you have any appreciation whatsoever for contemporary art, make a mental note to see one, or both. Maya Lin at the Arts Club of Chicago Even if Maya Lin's name doesn't
From April 15–30, Creative Time will present multidisciplinary artist Maya Lin's What is Missing?, a series of four videos about mass extinction precipitated by the degradation of natural habitats At 44 1/2. There will be a special, expanded schedule of screenings on April 22 for Earth Day. Maya Lin is a participant in the Creative Time Global Residency Program, for which she has traveled to diverse parts of the world to connect with disappearing species for the What Is Missing project. The four