‘For Liu Xiaodong, painting is akin to the difficult and arduous journey of life. He needs it because he concerns himself with his subjects as much as he concerns himself with life around him. He is comfortable only when he achieves a meeting of psychological motivation and reality. By no means a relaxed painter, he puts his whole psyche into his works.’ – Fan Di’an. Documenting the artistic development of Liu Xiaodong in the decade 1990-2000, this exhibition catalogue offers a review of his works by both Chinese and Western specialists in contemporary Chinese art. A biography of the artist is included. Commentaries on the works by Liu Xiaodong are extracted from writings by Shao Dazhen, Yin Ji'nan, Li Xianting, Zhang Langlang, Fan Di'an and Wei Qimei.
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