Liu Dan, ‘Dictionary 字典’, 1991, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

刘丹 字典

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Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013-14

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About Liu Dan

Though Liu Dan does not tend towards a single subject matter, he is known to paint what he calls “uncertain” subjects, since he believes that “the clearer the feeling, the blurrier the image.” His best known works depict landscapes, flowers, and what is known as Guai Shi (odd stones) in traditional Chinese art and literati culture. From this, Liu has developed a theory of landscape painting he calls a “micro exploration through macro understanding.” Though Liu trained in the traditional styles of Chinese painting and has devoted himself to ink and brush techniques, he was an ardent admirer of Western Old Masters as a child and has been known for forays into watercolor.

Chinese , b. 1953, Nanjing, China