Terence Koh

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Terence Koh
Terence koh artist china canadian photo by christopher peterson.jpg
Born Terence Koh
1977 (age 38–39)[1]
Beijing, China
Nationality Canadian
Education Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver
Known for Sculpture, photograph, performance
Movement New Gothic Art
Awards 2008 Sobey Art Award Short List

Terence Koh (born 1977[1] in Beijing, China[2] ) is a Canadian artist who has also worked under the alias "asianpunkboy".[3]

Koh creates handmade books and zines, prints, photographs, sculptures, performances, and installations. Much of his diverse work involves queer, punk, and pornographic sensibilities.

In 2008, he was listed in Out magazine's "Out 100 People of the Year".[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Koh was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, and lives in New York City. He is a Chinese-Canadian artist who received his bachelor's degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver.


Koh in a self-portrait

Terence Koh was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2008. He has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. Koh's work has been the subject of several major solo exhibitions including Love for Eternity, a mid-career retrospective at MUSAC (Leon, Spain); Captain Buddha, Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt, Germany); Dirty Blind God, de Pury & Luxembourg, (Zurich, Switzerland); Terence Koh Whitney Museum of American Art, (New York).[5]

In the tradition of Piero Manzoni, Koh has gold-plated and sold his own feces for a total of $500,000.00 to collectors.[6] He is represented by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg and Paris.[7]

In 2008 he created the Terence Koh Show on YouTube, in which visitors to his home are either interviewed by Koh, or interview Koh themselves. Each show is usually not more than a few minutes in length. Some episodes are more abstract, such as when he plays the video forward but edits the sound to play backwards. Notable guests have included Marina Abramović, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and most recently, Lady Gaga. In the clip with Lady Gaga titled "88 pearls",[8] Koh counts a bowl of pearls with Lady Gaga, who is wearing a costume inspired by Koh's sculpture from his project Boy By The Sea.[9] Koh's affiliation with the pop star began at the 2010 Grammys, where Lady Gaga performed on a piano designed by Koh specifically for the occasion.[10]

Koh's work has been associated with New Gothic Art.[11]

In nothingtoodoo, his first solo show at the Mary Boone Gallery, Koh, "dressed in white pajamalike clothes, slowly circl[es] a beautiful cone-shaped pile of rocky solar salt — 8 feet high and 24 feet across — on his knees." So Roberta Smith described the work in an appreciative March, 2011, review. "This is performance art reduced to a bare and relentless rite in a space that has been stripped down to a kind of temple. (Its regal proportions help.) ... Maybe the work is an extended apology for past bad-boy behavior."[2]


  1. ^ a b "'Untitled (A New World Order Lies in this Golden Age)', Terence Koh". Tate. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Roberta"Crawling for Peace in a Not-Quite Salt Mine", The New York Times, March 11, 2011, p. C21, NY ed. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
  3. ^ Cochrane, Lauren (2007-07-17). "Terence Koh's all white on the night | Art and design | guardian.co.uk". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Out magazine: OUT 100 People of the Year". Out.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Artist CV". Peresprojects.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Financial Crisis Changing Art Gallerist's Approach To Buying, Selling Gold-Plated Excrement", Huffington Post, 11-18-08 10:58 PM updated 12-19-08 05:12 AM. Substantially quoted from: Morgan, Spencer, "The Galley Matador", The New York Observer, November 18, 2008 3:06 p.m. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
  7. ^ [1] Archived December 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Terence Koh Show – 88 Pearls". YouTube. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  9. ^ "www.boybythesea.com". www.boybythesea.com. 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/news/ni1516336/
  11. ^ Gavin, Francesca. Hell Bound: New Gothic Art. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2008.

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