Hung Liu: Gilded Humanism
July 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Turner Carroll Gallery celebrates Hung Liu’s legacy as one of the greatest humanist painters of all time. As Gilded Humanism runs through the one-year anniversary of Liu’s passing, it is our opportunity to look back at what is now the complete oeuvre of this indelible artist. Her multi-disciplinary practice has been lauded for its ability to transcend time, race, and geography in the creation of affinity and human connection.
Liu’s sudden absence last year was felt deeply throughout the world, and The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, ArtNet, and others, featured writings celebrating her life’s work. In 2021 and 2022 her artwork is on view coast to coast, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. where she is the first Asian American woman to be honored with a retrospective at the esteemed institution in the exhibition Portraits of Promised Lands. Liu was also the subject of a large-scale exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, titled Golden Gate (金門). This year the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opened Remember This: Hung Liu at Trillium, an exhibition that features her groundbreaking print, resin, and gold-leaf mixed-media compositions.
Liu was honored with a lifetime achievement award for her career as a printmaker by the Southern Graphics Council in 2011. This year the Albuquerque Museum’s Printer’s Proof exhibition highlights some of Liu’s most remarkable print works and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation has purchased Liu’s entire print archive—ensuring the safety and legacy of this aspect of her practice.
Gilded Humanism at Turner Carroll will highlight Hung Liu’s stunning resins and will be a continuation of a museum exhibition that toured through Texas curated by Tonya Turner Carroll. Often featuring brilliant gold-leaf backgrounds, these works are some of the most striking in the diverse artistic language of this artist. Some of these works have never before been exhibited at Turner Carroll Gallery and all speak to her remarkable legacy as an artist, humanist, activist, and friend.