Tam Van Tran (b. 1966) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Tran received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990 from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. He later attended the Graduate Film and Television Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which he graduated in 1996.
Tran is the recipient of the 2008 California Community Foundation Fellowship, 2001 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the 2000 Pollock Krasner Fellowship, the 1993 Ucross Artists Residency, and the 1991 Creative Fellowship in the Visual Arts from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities.
Tran has had solo exhibitions at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; Art Gallery, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA; Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX; Cohan and Leslie, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, CA; Dirt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Susanne Vilmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA.
Recent group exhibitions include Sample Platter - Contemporary Ceramics, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2020; 20 Years, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2020; Carbon, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Drawing the Beginning of Everything, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Under The Spell: Los Angeles New International Art Scene, Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam, 2016; Paperworks, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2015; New work of painting, photography, scultpure and video, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL, 2013; High Low, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA, 2013; Pattern: Follow the Rules, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Lansing, MI, 2013; Facing West / Looking East, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA, 2012; Tam Van Tran and DeWay Ambrosino, San Art, Vietnam, 2012; Paul Clay, Salon 94, New York, NY, 2011; East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2011; and Los Angeles Museum of Ceramic Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.
Selected public collections include Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Broad Collection, Santa Monica, CA; California State University Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The ICA Boston, Boston, MA; MOCA, from the Blake Byrne Collection, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY; The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Tam Van Tran is included in the exhibition "Sample Platter - Contemporary Ceramic" at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University from 3 February to 15 March 2020.
Sample Platter shows the work of 20 artists investigating the medium of ceramics. Experienced ceramicists who have been exploring the matter and material for years and sometimes decades are represented as well as artists who recently began working in clay or consider ceramics an extension of their practice.
The Fellows of Contemporary Art is pleased to present a group exhibition with works by Tam Van Tran, 19 May - 20 July 2018. All of the artists included in CARBON are cognizant of their relationship to the chemical element of carbon, one of the most abundant substance in the universe and the basis of all known life. Each artist addresses the importance of this framework to a more profound understanding of the nature of existence -- some through materials and mediums, others through technique and subject.
Tam Van Tran incorporates a variety of uncoventional materials including biological to examine immigration within a metaphor of the global ecosystem.
Tam Van Tran will be included in “Drawing: The Beginning of Everything” at Albright-Knox, 8 July - 15 October 2017.
The notion that drawing is simply a preparatory stage for painting or sculpture has long since been cast aside. The act of placing a pen or pencil to a surface is, for many artists, both a formative and driving experience. With an emphasis on works created within the last 30 years, Drawing: The Beginning of Everything is the first Albright-Knox exhibition to highlight this area of the museum’s collection.
The approaches of contemporary artists to the medium are increasingly rooted in concepts, characteristics, and meditative techniques that result in compelling and intensely personal imagery. Their varied practices promote mark-making as a constructive exploration of surface, space, composition, and scale. Additionally, this exhibition considers the ways in which drawing is employed as a means to push the boundaries that traditionally separate one artistic discipline from another by expanding beyond the page and into the realms of performance, photography, sculpture, film, and video.
Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Tam Van Tran.
Tam Van Tran will be included in Under The Spell: Los Angeles New International Art Scene at Galerie Frank Taal, 9 September - 15 October 2016.
The popularity of Los Angeles-based artists elsewhere, particularly in Europe, has set a tone of Los Angeles in the world scene. Artists such as Edward Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and James Turrell from the 1960’s and 1970’s were the first wave to push outside of LA’s borders; Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibone, and Jason Rhoades and in the 1980’s and 1990’s became the next wave. Artists from the late 1990’s and into the 2000’s such Laura Owens, Dianna Thater, Mark Grotjahn, Sterling Ruby, Mark Bradford, all home grown, are the newest wave to hit the world scene.
The art scene in Los Angeles is deep and varied and the exhibition Under the Spell, LA’s New International Art Scene at Frank Taal gallery in Rotterdam features ten of LA’s most interesting artists. The artists included have varied artistic practices and reflect the diversity of the LA scene.
Artists: Lynn Aldrich, Adam Berg, Carl Berg, David DiMichele, Cecilia Miniucchi, Lara Jo Regan, Chris Trueman, Tam Van Tran, Pontus Willfors and Megan Williams.
MCASB is pleased to present Aikido Dream, a solo exhibition by Tam Van Tran.
The exhibition features a selection of approximately twenty works from the 2000s to the present and serves as a vehicle for understanding the nature of the artistic process rather than presenting a chronological or mid-career retrospective.
Aikido Dream also reflects Tran’s interest in meditation, our environment, and his belief in intuition and transience, realms in which nothing is fixed and everything is in motion. This exhibition offers a nuanced platform to understand his artistic trajectory, providing a framework that fosters an investigation of his long-standing, iterative interests in religious thought (particularly the Buddhist idea of non-duality) and pop culture, as well as natural processes and transitions.
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to present Tam Van Tran: Exodus, a solo exhibition of new works by Tam Van Tran.
11 April - 23 May 2015
Teresita Fernandez and Tam Van Tran will be included in the group exhibition Pattern: Follow the Rules at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
22 March - 23 June 2013
Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe is pleased to announce a solo booth of work by Tam Van Tran at The Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York, from 6 - 10 March. Gala Preview on 5 March.