Ghosts: Seventy Portraits
Published by Kelly's Cove Press
A diverse array of thought-provoking selections from more than twenty-five years worth of portraits by the late Chinese-born Oakland artist Hung Liu. Chinese-born painter Hung Liu was perhaps best known for her portraits, all taken from historical black and white photographs. Her subjects over the years have included children, refugees, street performers, prostitutes, soldiers, laborers, and prisoners.
Liu shifted her focus from Chinese to American subjects, including displaced individuals and wandering families, of the American Dustbowl, inspired by the iconic photographs of Dorothea Lange.
It is as if she summons ghosts from history into the present moment. In 2021, Liu will be honored with a retrospective of her portrait-based paintings at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Kelly’s Cove Press is pleased to publish seventy reproductions of Liu’s portraits in this volume.
Visitors can see some of Liu's original work in OMCA's Gallery of California Art.
Format: Paperback / softback
Authors: René de Guzman, former OMCA curator of art (Author), Wu Hung (Author), Yiyun Li, former faculty member at Mills College (Author), Karen Smith (Author), Bill Berkson (Author), & 1 more
Published: March 2013 First Edition
Rights: Available worldwide
Trim Size: 9.25 x 10.75