Liu Xiaodong's 'Your Friends' travels to UCCA Beijing
7 January 2022
Emerging in the 1990s and celebrated for turning the previously heroic lens and tools of oil painting onto characters and subjectivities at all levels of society, this most recent series sees Xiaodong depict the subjects closest to him: his immediate family and his dearest artistic interlocutors. Bringing together new works created in the months following Liu’s return from an extended stay in New York during the early stages of the pandemic and previous works chosen for their resonance within this context, the presentation shows an artist bringing the same sensitivity and acuity to bear on his own surroundings that he has previously directed towards others. In doing so, he invites us to think about the ties that bind us to our moment and to each other.
The exhibition will continue until 10 April 2022.
Liu Xiaodong, Changing a Lamp, 2021 (detail), oil on canvas, 250 × 300 cm © the artist.
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