• View of “Lisa Tan,” 2010. Foreground: National Geographic, 2009. Background: Letters from Dr. Bamberger, 2001–.

    Lisa Tan

    The Contemporary Austin | Jones Center

    “Two Birds, Eighty Mountains, and a Portrait of the Artist,” a picturesque summation of the works in Lisa Tan’s exhibition at Austin’s recently renovated Arthouse, seemed a funny title for such a predominantly text-based show. But it certainly touched on a signature aspect of her work—that the message it communicates is often more complicated than it first appears. For the past decade, Tan’s conceptually rigorous output has frequently been read in terms of intimacy and its attendant themes––desire, attachment, loss, longing––but rare is the discussion that delineates her key insight, which

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