Hung Liu Studio












March 2011
Hung Liu Studio Newsletter

SGCI Award, Za Za, Studio Shots, New Books 

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This is the inaugural newsletter for Hung Liu Studio - which is (of course) Hung Liu's studio in Oakland, California. This newsletter will periodically update you with images and information about upcoming exhibitions, lectures, publications, links, and events pertaining to the artist's work. We hope it is interesting and worth the occasional click of your mouse or tap of your finger. If so, please help us grow our email list by telling someone you think may be interested in following along.

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SGC International Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking Award 
We are pleased to announce that Hung Liu has been selected to receive the SGC International's Award for Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking. This award includes an invitation to give a public address to the membership of SGCI at the 2011 International Conference, "Equilibrium," to be held at Washington University in St. Louis, March 16-19, 2011. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the professional development of printmaking as a fine art. 
Recent winners of the Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking award include Chuck Close (2004), William Wiley (2005), Warrington Colescott (2006), Xu Bing (2007), Kerry James Marshall (2008), Leonard Lehrer (2009), and Judy Pfaff (2010).  
SGC International, formerly the Southern Graphics Council, is a U.S. nonprofit membership organization that advances the field of original prints, drawings, books, and hand-made paper. The SGCI strives to increase public awareness of these arts through an annual conference that draws on average 1500 participants from across the U.S. and internationally. SGCI supports critical dialogue about issues in art and ideas as well as exchanges of technical information. Awards, publications, and exhibitions sponsored by SGCI promote greater understanding and scholarship.

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Hung Liu @ ZaZa

Turner Carroll Gallery of Santa Fe is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings and ZZs (in Chinese, "Za Zhong," or Bastard Paintings - mixed media resin works) by Hung Liu at the Stay ZaZa Arthouse & Social Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The exhibition, which opens on April 6th and runs through May 31st, is timed to occur during the Dallas Art Fair 2011. For information about the show, contact, or call 505-986-9800.


Studio Shots

Work in Progress
Painting "Twelve Hairpins," 2011

In front of "First Spring Thunder" 2011



Studio Visit

Song Dong

In the Bay Area for the opening of "Mom and Dad, Don't Worry About Us, We Are All Well," his brilliantly conceptual and deeply personal installation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Chinese artist Song Dong, his wife Yin Xiuzhen (also a significant artist), their daughter Er Er, and his sister Song Hui stopped by the studio for a visit and some dinner at the Vulcan Cafe. From left to right: Song Hui, Jeff Kelley, Er Er, Hung Liu, Song Dong, and Yin Xiuzhen. 


Two New Books


1. Contemporary Chinese Art:

Primary Documents

edited by Wu Hung


Contemporary Chinese Art


This MOMA publication brings together, translates, and contextualizes primary documents that are pertinent to a deeper understanding of recent artistic practice in China, but which were not previously available in the English language. Hung Liu is featured in the text.





2. Hung Liu: Great Granary

(Tai Cang  太倉)

Wu Hung

essays by Xu Bing, Sui Jianguo, Yu Hong, Liu Xiaodong, Li Songsong, & Wei Lin


Xin Beijing Art Gallery, Beijing 

Timezone 8, Beijing



Great Granary 


In May 2008 an exhibition of my work was presented in Beijing at the Xin (New) Beijing Art Gallery titled, Tai Cang . The book is a document of that exhibition and the conversations that happened around it.


The gallery was located in an over 600-year old imperial granary and became an important part of the exhibition. Curated by Wu Hung (who also contributed an essay to the book as well as an interview between he and I) the exhibition was realized in two parts.

The first part was a survey of my paintings made from the late 1980s to 2008. A selection of the paintings related to subjects dealing with hunger, starvation or food accumulation.


The second part of the exhibition was a site-specific installation and had two major components to it. The first was a reinterpretation of a mural I once painted in the dinning hall at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing (CAFA). The mural was an ode to a recent excavation of ancient bronze bells and to the possibility of harmony as freedom. The former CAFA property was sold and the mural, along with the building, were destroyed. In recreating the mural, the drawings for the original were digitally printed on wooden panels (by Don Farnsworth of Magnolia Editions), and on top of that history I began to paint new elements. The resulting mural was a kind of remembering of the destroyed original. I was collaborating with my younger self.


The installation also involved a selection of antique dou (a traditional grain container and unit of measure). Each one contained grain from a different region of China, which is composed of 34 provinces and special administrative or autonomous regions. The 34 dou were arranged to form a map of China on the gallery floor.


In addition to this project I invited CAFA alumni to write about their memories and experiences of the mural from their days at the Academy. Many generations of young artists at CAFA ate, conversed, played music, and grew up in front of the mural, which, because it was not Socialist Realist, seemed to signify something new - a background for creative thinking and excitement. In fact, the first Chinese rock and roll concert was held in front of the mural. Artists such as Xu Bing, Liu Xiaodong, Yu Hong, Sui Jianguo, and Li Songsong all contributed writing about the mural to this catalog.



Hung Liu

Oakland, California



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