Hung Liu: The Long Way Home

2200 S Van Buren
Amarillo, TX 79109

  • Dates: July 10, 2020 - September 27, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Amarillo Museum of Art
  • Price: Free
  • The Long Way Home is a solo exhibition of the recent work of Chinese-born American
    contemporary artist, Hung Liu in a variety of media including mixed media, resin, tapestry, oil and works
    on paper. Hung Liu is known for its masterful recreations of historical Chinese photographs. Her subjects
    over the years have been Chinese refugees, street performers, soldiers, laborers, and prisoners, among
    others. Liu challenges the documentary authority of the appropriated photographs by reconstructing
    the narrative through a variety of media. Liu’s initial training in the Socialist Realist style of the Maoist
    regime is evident in the figures borrowed from the past and presented in a style that resonates with a
    narrative that is personal as well as universal. The expressive quality of Liu’s artwork is derived from
    layers of wash that frequently dissolves the original intent of documentary images, suggesting the
    passage of memory into history, while working to reveal the cultural and personal circumstances of the
    subjects. Liu studied mural painting as a graduate student at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing,
    and in 1984 fled the Maoist regime and immigrated to the US. This exhibition is organized in
    collaboration with Judy Deaton, Curator of The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX and Turner Carroll Gallery,
    Santa Fe, NM.

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