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Artist: Hung Liu, American, born China, 1948-2021
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Oil on canvas
overall, 80 x 128in (203.2 x 325.1cm)
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Gift of Ed Downe
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In 1989, while living in San Diego, California, Hung Liu watched news coverage on the attack of unarmed students in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. In this painting, also completed in 1989, red outlines of Beijing’s Forbidden City are overlaid on acupuncture point diagrams to suggest physical pain imposed on the body. Liu’s Chinese passport photo establishes her as the emblem of a history of trauma, while the uniformed soldier from a Cultural Revolution-era propaganda opera, symbolizes the government’s history of control.
Art in America; Jun 1990; p. 182-83
Hung Liu: The Year of the Dog; Hung Liu (American, b.1948, d.2021); 1994
Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu; 2013; p. 28-29; fig. 8
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