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Li Shan

The Nameless Painter

BY DENISE CHU

UNTITLED, 1974–78, oil on paper, 19 x 25 cm.  

Unless stated otherwise, all images courtesy the artist.  

"All the benches are green?" I asked, as I slowly lifted each painting from the stack in a box and carefully placed them on the table. "All benches were green at that time!" Li Shan replied, perhaps with a smidgen of defensiveness lest I were suggesting that, in taking creative license, she had concocted a new color for the outdoor public furniture of 1970s Beijing. That would have been a

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