The Richness of Life.
Photographs by Liu Xiaodong. Edited by Britta Erickson,
Ai Weiwei. Introduction by Charles Merewether.
Timezone 8, Beijing, 2008. 590 pp., 638 color and 44 b&w illustrations, 9¾x10¼".
In this collection of photographs, Liu
Xiaodong, one of China’s most celebrated
artists, reveals to us the
inspiration behind many of his most
iconic paintings. An album consisting
of personal photographs taken
between the years 1984 and 2006,
these are the images that have
stayed with Liu, inspiring and
informing his art throughout the
past two decades. Deeply personal
and politically engaged, The Richness
of Life reveals for the first time the
great extent to which Liu’s paintings
borrow from the discipline of photography,
making his art the final
product of a complex project involving
interviews, photos, sketches and
analyses, with little to do with easel
painting. Essays from leading scholars
illuminate the actively rebuilt
nature of Liu’s work, while in-depth
interviews provide Liu’s own perspective
on the process and passions
involved in his painting.
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