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LACMA is gifted a ghostly replica of Do Ho Suh’s New York apartment

An anonymous donor has given the Los Angeles County Museum of Art a large-scale silk sculpture of Do Ho Suh’s New York apartment – now on show to the public.

The piece by Suh, entitled 348 West 22nd Street (2011-2015), is a 1:1 scale fabric replica of the Chelsea apartment he rented for 19 years in his early career. The semi-translucent piece is made using polyester thread and wire stretched across a steel frame to create the ghostly rooms of the ground-floor duplex.

Do Ho Suh, 348 West 22nd Street, Apartment A, Unit-2, Bathroom (detail), 2011–15, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, installation view © Museum Associates/LACMA

Suh spent four years making the sculpture, combining digital mapping and traditional Korean sewing methods to sketch out the apartment’s intricate details, from the lines of the sash windows to the grout indents between bathroom tiles.

It is on show at the gallery’s Resnick Pavilion on an ongoing basis.

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

Do Ho Suh, 348 West 22nd Street, Apartment A, Unit-2, Kitchen (detail), 2011–15, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, installation view © Museum Associates/LACMA
Do Ho Suh, 348 West 22nd Street, Apartment A, Unit-2, Kitchen (detail), 2011–15, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, installation view © Museum Associates/LACMA
Do Ho Suh, 348 West 22nd Street, Apartment A, Unit-2, Corridor and Staircase (detail), 2011–15, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, installation view © Museum Associates/LACMA
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