19 January - 8 July 2018

Hung Liu In Print invites viewers to explore the relationship between the artist’s multi-layered paintings and the palpable, physical qualities of her works on paper. To make her prints, Liu (b. 1948) uses an array of printing and collage techniques, developing highly textured surfaces, veils of color, and screens of drip marks that transform the figures in each composition. Describing printmaking as “poetry,” she emphasizes the spontaneity of the layering process, which allows each image to build organically with each successive layer.

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. Her multifaceted oeuvre probes the human condition and confronts issues of culture, identity, and personal and national history.

Best known as a painter, Liu ably translates the “weeping realism” that characterizes her canvases into the medium of prints. This focus exhibition highlights selected prints from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts as well as the artist’s related tapestry designs.

Hung Liu In Print, presented in the Teresa Lozano Long Gallery of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is organized by the museum and generously supported by its members.

https://nmwa.org/exhibitions/hung-liu-print
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
800 222 7270

Gallery Hours:
Monday through Sunday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

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Hung Liu is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:
http://www.hungliu.com/

Images are courtesy of Artist Hung Liu and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

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