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Liu Zheng

A Model at the Academy of Fine Arts, Shaanxi Province from The Chinese series, 2000

Gelatin silver print (framed)
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17 3/4" x 17 3/4" (sight)

Provenance: Yossi Milo Gallery, Inc.; PrivateCollection, …

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17 3/4" x 17 3/4" (sight)

Provenance: Yossi Milo Gallery, Inc.; PrivateCollection, Washington, DC

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Signed, titled, dated and numbered 4/10
Liu Zheng
Chinese, b. 1969
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Liu Zheng became interested in the narrative and romantic potential of photography during his early career as a photojournalist for the Chinese newspaper The Workers’ Daily. Liu, who was deeply influenced by the work of Diane Arbus and August Sander, quit his job and traveled throughout China for eight years to take portraits of what he considered archetypal Chinese figures, including convicts, Peking Opera singers, monks, and even corpses. This collection would become Liu’s best known work, titled “The Chinese” (1994-2002) in reference to Robert Frank’s “The Americans” (1958). Though his Chinese audience initially responded with indignation to Liu’s grim depictions, the artist explains his practice as non-critical, saying, “for me, the operative word is ‘studying’.” Following “The Chinese,” Liu has produced works expanding on themes of identity in Chinese culture, including a series of 40 monochrome portraits titled “Dream Shock” (2009).

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About the work
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17 3/4" x 17 3/4" (sight)

Provenance: Yossi Milo Gallery, Inc.; PrivateCollection, …

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17 3/4" x 17 3/4" (sight)

Provenance: Yossi Milo Gallery, Inc.; PrivateCollection, Washington, DC

Signature
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 4/10
Liu Zheng
Chinese, b. 1969
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Liu Zheng became interested in the narrative and romantic potential of photography during his early career as a photojournalist for the Chinese newspaper The Workers’ Daily. Liu, who was deeply influenced by the work of Diane Arbus and August Sander, quit his job and traveled throughout China for eight years to take portraits of what he considered archetypal Chinese figures, including convicts, Peking Opera singers, monks, and even corpses. This collection would become Liu’s best known work, titled “The Chinese” (1994-2002) in reference to Robert Frank’s “The Americans” (1958). Though his Chinese audience initially responded with indignation to Liu’s grim depictions, the artist explains his practice as non-critical, saying, “for me, the operative word is ‘studying’.” Following “The Chinese,” Liu has produced works expanding on themes of identity in Chinese culture, including a series of 40 monochrome portraits titled “Dream Shock” (2009).

Liu Zheng

A Model at the Academy of Fine Arts, Shaanxi Province from The Chinese series, 2000

Gelatin silver print (framed)
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