Liu Ye’s work may look like illustrations for children’s books (his father was an author of children’s books), but upon closer inspection it becomes clear that these paintings have an edge. Ye, who grew up in Beijing, mixes childhood memories created during the Cultural Revolution with the realities of a new market economy. His paintings incorporate his version of Dick Bruna’s Miffy, various references to art history and literature, as well as an evident sexuality and loss of innocence.
Artist: Liu Ye
Temptations, an exhibition of Liu Ye’s work, is showing through October 28 at the Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York.
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