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Maya Lin 1:5

Artist
Karin Sander, born 1957
Sitter
Maya Ying Lin, born 1959
Date
2014
Type
Sculpture
Medium
3D color scan of the living person, polychrome 3D inkjetprint, plaster material, color, pigment ink, scale 1:5
Dimensions
Sculpture: 33 × 8.3 × 5.7 cm (13 × 3 1/4 × 2 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of the Academy of Achievement/Wayne and Catherine Reynolds; 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize Recipient
Rights
© 2014 Karin Sander, Courtesy Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna. All Rights Reserved.
Object number
NPG.2015.15
Culture
Maya Ying Lin: American\Asian American\Chinese American
Exhibition Label
As a student at Yale University, Maya Lin (born 1959) redefined the conventional notion of a heroic war monument with her understated and controversial design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Her work has continued to gain international attention, including large-scale installations such as Storm King Wavefield and what she describes as her “last memorial,” an environmentalist multimedia project titled What Is Missing.
Karin Sander’s diminutive 3-D scanned portrait reflects the architect’s sense of herself as a small part of a global environment. Like so many of Lin’s own designs, the unconventionality of this portrait invites the viewer to look more closely and see the sitter in a new way.
Siendo aún estudiante en la Universidad de Yale, Maya Lin (nacida en 1959) redefinió la noción convencional de los monumentos a los héroes de guerra con un sobrio y controversial diseño para el monumento a los veteranos de Vietnam en Washington, D.C. Sus obras han seguido recibiendo atención internacional, entre ellas instalaciones de gran escala como Storm King Wavefield y lo que describe como su “último monumento conmemorativo”: un proyecto ambientalista multimedia titulado What Is Missing.
En su diminuto retrato escaneado en 3D, la artista Karin Sander transmite la idea de que Lin se concibe a sí misma como un pequeño componente de un entorno global. Al igual que muchos diseños de la arquitecta, el carácter poco convencional de este retrato invita al espectador a acercarse y mirar a la modelo de un modo diferente.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1990 to Present
On View
NPG, South Gallery 341
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York\Manhattan Island
Schweiz\Zürich\Zürich