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NMWA Exhibits Prints and Tapestry by Artist Hung Liu

Dec 06 2017

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Hung Liu In Print, on view January 19–July 8, 2018. This spotlight exhibition features 16 prints and a tapestry by painter and printmaker Hung Liu (b. 1948). Hung Liu In Print invites viewers to explore the relationship between Liu’s multi-layered paintings and the palpable, physical qualities of her works on paper. Her multifaceted body of work probes the human condition and confronts issues of culture, identity, and personal and national history.

Before immigrating to California in 1984, Liu grew up during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in China, where she worked alongside fieldworkers and trained as a painter. Adapting figures from historical Chinese photographs, Liu reimagines antique depictions of laborers, refugees and prostitutes.

“While her works make specific historical references, their true subject is the human condition and universal feelings of loss, suffering, compassion and perseverance,” said Assistant Curator Orin Zahra. “Each step of her process is intentional, yet she delights in her lack of control over the end result.”

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