Michael Wang (1981, Olney, Maryland, USA) uses systems that operate on a global scale as media for art: climate change, species distribution, resource allocation and the global economy. His works include Carbon Copies, an exhibition linking the production of artworks to the release of greenhouse gases; Extinct in the Wild, a project that engages species that no longer exist in nature but persist under human care; World Trade, a series tracing the trade in steel from the World Trade Center following the attacks of September 11, 2001; and Rivals, a series that connects the readymade to systems of corporate finance.
Wang’s work was included in Shanghai Biennale in 2021, LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, New York, USA, Manifesta 12 in Palermo, Italy (2018) and the XX Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Valparaíso, Chile (2017). In 2017, he was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and Yale’s School of Architecture.
Wang lives and works in New York. He received his BA in Social Anthropology and Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard University in 2003 an MA in Performance Studies from New York University in 2004, and an M.Arch from Princeton University in 2008.