Hao Sheng on Liu Xiaodong

Liu Xiaodong responded to the violence in the classical work Erlang and His Soldiers Driving out Animal Spirits (Ming dynasty, 15th century). Liu reflected on the subject of violence in American schools in his 5 x 25-foot work What to Drive Out?

Watch as Hao Sheng, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, describes Liu’s masterful brush techniques as he highlights the artist’s unique, media-conscious response to the classical Ming dynasty scroll.