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Sze Tsung LEONG (American and British, born Mexico City 1970) is an artist based in New York. His 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 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Deutsche Börse Art Collection, 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.
Mr. Leong spent his childhood in Mexico, Britain, and the United States. He attended Art Center College of Design from 1987 to 1989, and received a B.A. and the Eisner Prize in Photography from University of California at Berkeley in 1993, and a Master’s degree from Harvard University in 1998. In 2005, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006, his book History Images was published by Steidl. His second book, Horizons, was published by Hatje Cantz in Spring 2014.


Current exhibitions

Yossi Milo Gallery
New York
May 15 – July 11, 2014

Nuit des Images
Musée de l’Elysée
Lausanne, Switzerland
June 28, 2014
A collaboration with musician
Justin Meldal-Johnsen

Articles and Reviews 

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)

Brian Sholis, “Critics’ Picks” review of “History Images” exhibition, (April 2006)

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Essays by Sze Tsung Leong

“Uncertain Distances”
Published in Horizons (New York: Yossi Milo Gallery, 2008)

“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)


Please address inquiries to:

Yossi Milo Gallery
525 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
phone: 212 414 0370
info [at] yossimilo [dot] com

Shoshana Wayne Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, B1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
phone: 310 453 7535
mail [at] shoshanawayne [dot] com

studio [at] szetsungleong [dot] com

Monographs and Catalogs

Horizons (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2014)

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

History Images (Göttingen: Steidl, 2006)

Public Collections

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Deutsche Börse Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
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
Princeton University Art Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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