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Recent Exhibitions and Fellowships

Ascolto il tuo cuore, città
Magazzino, Rome
5 March - 11 April 2021

Paris, le 13 novembre 2015 -
Du jour au lendemain
traveling exhibition including
Jardin May-Piqueray and
Assemblée Nationale, Paris

World Views:
Horizons and Lookout Towers
Shoshana Wayne Gallery
Los Angeles
Online Exhibition

Rome Prize Recipient
Abigail Cohen Rome Prize
in Visual Arts
American Academy in Rome
September 2018 – July 2019

Il Passato nel Presente
Casa delle Letterature, Rome
30 May – 31 July 2019

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Articles and Reviews 

Donald Kuspit, “Horizons” exhibition review, Artforum (Sept 2014)

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, “An Essay on Sze Tsung Leong’s ‘History Images’”, The Great Leap Sideways (9 August 2011)

Joerg Colberg, “Cities” exhibition review, Conscientious (8 March 2011)

Philip Gefter, “Keeping His Eye on the Horizon (Line)”, The New York Times (April 6, 2008)

Jean Dykstra, “Horizons” exhibition review, Art in America (Nov. 2008)

Nigel Warburton, “Who Controls the Past Controls the Future: Sze Tsung Leong’s History Images”, Portfolio (no. 45, June 2007)

Norman Bryson, “Sze Tsung Leong” (Special Focus: Art Photography), Art Review (October 2006)

David Frankel, “History Images” exhibition review, Artforum (September 2006)

Roberta Smith, “Art in Review: Sze Tsung Leong - History Images”, The New York Times (April 28, 2006)

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Essays by the Artist

“Uncertain Distances”
Published in Horizons (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2014)

“A Picture You Already Know”
Published in Alex Klein ed., Words Without Pictures (New York and Los Angeles: Aperture/LACMA, 2010)

“A History of Erasure”
Published in History Images (Göttingen: Steidl, 2006)

“The Authority of Beauty”
Published in In Akbar Abbas and Wu Hung eds., About Beauty
(Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2005)

“The Traditions of Chinese Cities” Published in 32 Magazine (Winter 2004)


Yossi Milo Gallery
245 Tenth Ave
New York, NY 10001
phone: +1 212 414 0370
info [at] yossimilo [dot] com

Shoshana Wayne Gallery
4835 West Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
phone: +1 323 840 3252
mail [at] shoshanawayne [dot] com

Polka Galerie
Cour de Venise
12, rue Saint-Gilles
75003 Paris, France
phone: +33 1 76 21 41 30
contact [at] polkagalerie [dot] com

studio [at] szetsungleong [dot] com

Monographs and Catalogs

Paris, Novembre (Göttingen: Steidl, forthcoming)

Horizons (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2014)

Horizons (New York: Yossi Milo Gallery, 2008), exhibition catalog

History Images (Göttingen: Steidl, 2006)
Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong is a British-Mexican-American artist, born in Mexico City. He is currently based in Los Angeles.
Leong’s work includes the series Cities, a detailed depiction of urban formations throughout the globe, from medieval towns to recent constructions, that together form a picture of the world at this particular moment in time at the beginning of the twenty-first century; Horizons, an international collection of images of natural terrains and urban landscapes that considers the relationships between far and near, foreign and familiar; and History Images, which examines the erasure of history and the reshaping of society through the built environment.
Works from these series are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
His work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico; and group exhibitions including An Atlas of Events at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the 2006 Havana Biennial, New Photography at the High Museum of Art, the 2004 Taipei Biennial, and Painting as Paradox at Artists Space.
Leong spent his childhood in Mexico City, London, and Los Angeles.
He attended Art Center College of Design from 1987 to 1989, and received a B.A. and the Eisner Prize in Photography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993, and a Master’s degree from Harvard University in 1998. In 2005, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2018, he received the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize. His books include
History Images (Steidl, 2006), Horizons (Hatje Cantz, 2014), and the forthcoming Paris, Novembre (Steidl).

Public Collections

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Canada
National Galleries of Scotland
New York Public Library
Princeton University Art Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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