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NEW YORK

Plum Blossoms Gallery

Paradise/Illusion

Sculpture by Liu Jianhua and Ink Paintings by Peng Wei

While the image-of a headless and armless woman is not necessarily a novel one, Liu Jianhua's deliciously decadent ceramic sculptures blend mutilation with perfection so well that you are seduced by the titillating, well-dressed female figures. The point here seems to be that even though a materialistic, capitalist society might pave the way for women to have glamour and style, it also inflicts a great deal of harm by sexually objectifying and oppressing them in several ways.

A well-known Chinese sculptor whose…

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