Censored: Hung Liu on Art in China, Yesterday and Today

When 30 Mar 2020
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Where China Institute
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006
United States

[China Institute is temporarily closed and this event is postponed. Please check the organizer's website for up-to-date information.]

How do artists deal with politics and the world around them? Hung Liu, one of the first contemporary Chinese artists to establish a career in the United States, has grappled with that question ever since she started drawing peasants during the Cultural Revolution. Her dreamlike art isn’t especially political; but in December, a planned exhibition of her work at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)—China’s leading contemporary art institution—was abruptly cancelled after Beijing authorities declined to issue the necessary permits. Liu joins Chinese art expert Barbara Pollack to share and discuss her work, her life, and the challenges Chinese artists face today.

Speakers’ Bios

Barbara Pollack is an award-winning journalist, art critic, and curator who is one of the world’s leading authorities on contemporary Chinese art. Pollack’s writing has appeared in Vanity FairThe New York Timesthe Washington Postthe Village VoiceDeparturesArtnewsArt and Auction and Art in America, among many others. She has also written several ground-breaking monographs on young Chinese artists, including the first published artist profile of Ai Weiwei for Artnews in 2005. She lectures regularly across the USA and Asia. Her latest book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise, was released in September, 2018.

Hung Liu is a contemporary Chinese painter. Widely recognized for her large, painterly depictions of traditional and contemporary Chinese women, children, and refugees in muted, earthy hues, Hung has been producing art since the early 1970s, experimenting with painting as a method for social change and critique. Her artwork is often described as a hybrid of her own personal experience with the Cultural Revolution and the Maoist regime, as well as an appropriation of the themes and styles of historic and contemporary Chinese painting. Her work notably draws from both the imagery of ancient Chinese art, as well as the Chinese Socialist Realist style of painting in which she was originally trained. She has received extensive honors and awards for her work, including two painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Joan Mitchell Fellowship. She was born in Changchun, China on February 17, 1948, and currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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