The Art of Trade – Lisa Movius

From the Wall Street Journal:

When people talk about the “dirtier” side of China’s economic development they usually mean air and water pollution. But there’s more to it than that, as a gallery show currently on in Shanghai demonstrates.

Liu Jianhua is a sculptor who first caught the art world’s attention in the mid 1990s with his headless figures in traditional Chinese dress skewering the West’s exotic perceptions of China. Now he’s turned his attention to rubbish. His latest work, “Export-Cargo Transit” — an installation composed of several individual works — consists of plastic, paper and metal scrap imported into China from Western countries and Japan….[Full Text]

[Image: Liu Jianhua and his latest work, via WSJ]

September 21, 2007 7:03 AM
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