Hung Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948. She grew up in Beijing during the time Chairman Mao and the People’s Republic of China.
During the Cultural Revolution, she was assigned to work with peasant farmers who became the subject for many of her early photographs and drawings.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether or not you go, Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu is a comprehensive look at the work of this extraordinary Chinese-American artist. A pioneer in Chinese contemporary art before the Chinese avant-garde came into being, Lui’s life spanned two centuries and bridged two totally different economic situations. The wide-ranging essays in this book, which features 140 color illustrations, reflect on how Hung Liu’s evocative art is inextricably bound to her equally rich and complex life. While considering the artist’s primary work as a painter, the contributors also celebrate her murals, permanent and temporary installations, photography, and video.