CONTEMPORARY PAINTERS SERIES - Liu Xiaodong

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John Yau's monograph on Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong (b.1963) was published earlier this week (27th May). Yau's text explores Xiaodong's development as a truly global artist who has depicted scenes from his native China to Europe, South Africa, Tibet, Israel, Egypt and beyond, in the context of China's history beyond the Cultural Revolution.

Below are two excerpts - from the book's Foreword and Introduction - which give an insight into the position of Xiaodong's oeuvre in the context of contemporary painting internationally...