Terence Koh (Chinese, b.1977) is an artist previously working under the pseudonym “asianpunkboy.” His body of work extends from ‘zines and handmade books to sculpture, Performance Art, and installation pieces. Koh’s art, which incorporates punk, queer, and even pornographic aesthetic characteristics, has been described as part of the New Gothic Art movement. In 2003, the art collector Javier Peres, who had recently started the Peres Projects gallery in Los Angeles, invited Koh to feature his work at the gallery’s inaugural show. Peres now represents Koh’s work in Berlin, Germany, and Los Angeles. At Art Basel, Switzerland, in 2006, Koh’s work included a series of glass cases containing gold-encrusted clods, described as the artist’s excrement, which reportedly sold in total for close to $500,000. Shortly thereafter, in January 2007, the Whitney Museum dedicated its ground-floor gallery to a solo exhibit of Koh’s work. More recently, in March 2011, the Mary Boone Gallery hosted Koh’s solo exhibit-performance piece nothingtoodoo, which featured the artist circling ceaselessly around an 8-foot-high pile of salt while wearing a white, pajama-like suit. The seemingly monastic elements of this particular exhibit caused some art critics to wonder if it served as a type of penance for some of Koh’s aggressively audacious earlier works. Koh attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. He currently lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1977
Born in Beijing, China
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2011
Adansonias, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
nothingtoodoo, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Meditation, Trance, curated by Marcio Harum and Pedro Mendes, Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Post 9-11, Oh Wow, Los Angeles, CA
Gloria Hole, curated by Richard Munson, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
Don't Do It Etc, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger AG, Zurich, Switzerland
BigMinis, CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France
2010
Roundtrip: Beijing – New York Now Selections from the Domus Collection, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Post Monument, XIV Carrara Biennale, Italy
Art Unlimited, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Art Basel, FL
Roundabout, Traveling Exhibition, Hong Kong, China
Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, curated by Jeff Koons, The New Museum, New York, NY
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
2009
Danish and Nordic Pavilions, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Love for Eternity, MUSAC, León, Spain
Auta no Tama Raku, Domanus Gallery, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (solo)
Adansonias: A Tragic Opera in 8 acts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
2009
“Mike Kelley/Terence Koh/Jeff Koons”, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. (curated by Javier Peres)
2008
Captain Buddha, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Vito Schnabel, New York, NY (solo)
Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain (solo)
de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
2007
God, de Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2006
Solo Exhibition, Statements Art Basel, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Cosmic Wonder, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Blankness Is Not A Void, Standard, Oslo, Norway
Gone, yet still, Secession, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Mein Tod Mein Tod, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (solo)
The Zine UnBound: Kults, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
No Ordinary Sanctity, Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, Austria
Log Cabin, Artist Space, New York, NY
2004
Do a Book: Asian Artists Summer Project 2004, Plum Blossoms, New York, NY
Phiiliip: Divided by Lightning, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
The Temple of the Golden piss,Extra City Center for Contemporary, Antwerp, Belgium
The Black Album, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, UK
Get Off! Exploring the Pleasure Principal, Museum of Sex, New York, NY
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Koh & 50 Most Beautiful Boy, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Do Not Doubt the Dangerousness of My Butterfly Song, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2003
The Whole Family, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
DL: The Down Low in Contemporary Art, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, New York, NY
Today’s Man, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Now Playing, D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY
Mixer 03, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL
Game over, Grimm / Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
Today’s Man, traveling show, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo
Attack – The Kult 48 Klubhouse, K48 & Deitch Projects