Ian Cheng

Born in Los Angeles, 1984 and lives in NY, USA

Ian Cheng is an artist living and working in New York. He has exhibited widely including solo presentations at MoMA PS1, New York; Serpentine Galleries, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin; and group presentations at Whitney Museum of American Art; New York; Hirshhorn Museum; Washington DC; Tate Modern, London; Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Sculpture Center, New York.
Since 2012, Cheng has produced a series of simulations exploring an agent’s capacity to deal with an ever-changing environment. These works culminated in the Emissaries trilogy, which introduced a narrative agent whose motivation to enact a story was set into conflict with the open-ended chaos of the simulation. Most recently, he has developed BOB (Bag of Beliefs), an AI creature whose personality, body, and life story evolve across exhibitions, what Cheng calls “art with a nervous system.”

Age of You
On view at Jameel Arts Centre, the exhibition explores the perception of self in the 21st century
29 Jan 2021 - 14 Aug 2021
Jameel Arts Centre
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Ian Cheng: Emissary in the Squat of Gods
The first exhibition by Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Madrid
24 Feb 2020 - 31 Mar 2020
 Fundación Fernando de Castro
The Tell – Tale Heart
Inspired by the distinctive narrative of Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story The Tell-Tale Heart, the...
12 Mar 2015 - 17 Apr 2015
Hong Kong
Ian Cheng: Forking At Perfection
The work of the American artist Ian Cheng (b. 1984) explores the nature of mutation and the capacity...
20 Feb 2016 - 16 May 2016
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
The concept of “Overpop” comes from Jeffrey Deitch – who has been advising Budi Tek and...
04 Sep 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
Yuz Museum
After Us
The exhibition explore how Chinese and international artists use surrogates, proxies, and avatars to...
17 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017
chi K11 art museum
Ian Cheng: Emissary Forks at Perfection. Selected Works from the Collection
For his solo show at the Espace Louis Vuitton the artist presents his seminal work, “Emissary Forks...
24 May 2018 - 17 Mar 2019
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