New York

Hung Liu

Nahan Contemporary

Hung Liu’s exhibition here consisted of paintings, drawings, and mixed-media assemblages. What was evident in all of them was the artist’s attempt to transform memory and rage (for Liu, they go hand in hand) into a visual statement that is neither naive nor sentimental. Rather than revealing overtly personal memories, which could make her appear to be a helpless and isolated victim, Liu depicts the various historical and social forces which have implicated her for being both Chinese and a woman, and explores how these forces affected her life in China (where she was born in 1948) and in America (where she came to study art in 1984). The mixed-media assemblage Goddess of Love, Goddess of Liberty, 1989, typifies her work. The left panel of a diptych depicts a hand-painted Chinese porcelain cup, which contains the view of a naked man and naked woman (her feet bound) making love. The right

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