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  • Mar 30, 2011

Book Blog: Liu Xiaodong

For this week's edition of Book Blog we turned to the shelves of AAP's archives. Standing out from the tightly packed spines of countless catalogs and books was the packaging for Qinghai-Tibet Plateau & Beijing Girls, which documents Liu Xiaodong's paintings exhibited under the same title at New York's Mary Boone Gallery in 2008. Coming in a finely meshed plastic bag, tied together with a colorfully braided rope, the object was clearly inviting us to unbridle the contents rolled and folded within. 

Commonplace to Western China, the packaging materials reflect the roughness and elegance of the landscape in which Liu’s paintings are set. The ever so slight transparency of the plastic is tantalizing.