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Maya Lin

Artist and Environmentalist, Founder, What is Missing? and GREENPRINT

Maya Lin

Artist, designer, and environmentalist Maya Lin has proposed ways of thinking and imagining that have challenged how we look at and understand the world around us. Lin has created a remarkable and highly acclaimed body of work that encompasses large-scale, site-specific installations, intimate studio and architectural works, and memorials.

Her art explores how we experience and relate to nature, setting up a systematic ordering of the land that is tied to history, memory, time, and language. Her interest in landscape has led to works influenced by topographies and natural phenomena.

Lin virtually redefined the idea of the monument with her highly acclaimed Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which she designed in 1982 as an undergraduate student at Yale. Her memorials address the critical social and historical issues of our time—from The Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama and The Women’s Table at Yale, which make our history part of the landscape, to her latest, What is Missing?, which is focused on the environment.

She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, and her work is held in the collections of international institutions including the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., among others.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has been profiled in TIME, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker, among other publications. The 1996 documentary Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Boundaries, her book about her work and creative process, is in its fifth printing with Simon & Schuster. Maya Lin: Topologies, a monograph spanning the past 30 years of her career, was first released in 2015 by Skira Rizzoli and is currently in its second printing. In 2009 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts—the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, and in 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Maya Lin joined Pace Gallery in 2008. 

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