25 Contemporary Chinese Artists You Need to Know

Liu Jianhua

Medium: Sculpture, Installation

Based in: Shanghai

The time-honored medium of Chinese porcelain breaks from tradition, sometimes literally, at the hands of ceramicist Liu Jianhua. Liu foregoes decorative plates and vases in favor of objects like televisions, tires, or pocket-sized sculptures of headless, armless women. His strange figures recline in provocative poses, their tight dresses just barely covering them, but their lack of arms or faces puts pause on their sex appeal and makes them strange and creepy instead—like the cast-off toys of a particularly boisterous child. He has also created large-scale installation works that touch on themes of excess, waste, and consumption.

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