Contemporary Issue: An Te Liu

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An Te Liu is a study in balance. On the one hand he’s an acclaimed artist with works in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Canada, and on the other hand he’s a full-time academic, having taught at the University of British Columbia before taking up his current posting at the University of Toronto. Much of his art is created using found objects and materials, old giving way to new. He even counters his writing with a glass of wine, as was the case when we touched base via email.

From his home in Toronto’s Kensington Market, with his cat Pookie at his side, here’s what Liu had to say about his multifaceted professional life, his most recent works, his recurring subjects and his foray into those darn ceramics.

Interview by Jessica Iverson and portrait by Seth Fluker.

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