Jen Liu

Born in 1976, lives and works in New York

Jen Liu


Jen Liu examines the contemporary cultural and political frontier through its collision with old and new pop models - music, icons, pop history, computer and print graphics. What results are seemingly imaginary worlds, in which meaning is intensified through allegory, hidden motivations revealed through mass media aesthetics.

Liu lives in Brooklyn. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts and at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She makes drawings and paintings on paper, videos and installations that draw on diverse histories to construct fictions that say something about our contemporary society. In her large, seductive watercolors you can find imagery from art historical styles such as modernism and constructivism. Her practice also includes film, installations and performance.

In 2013 Liu made the art project 'Melon Mysticism for Everyone', that is affixed to the Manhattan Bridge in New York. In 2014, she got the commission to create a large-scale work for the façade of the new citizenM Times Square hotel in New York. Her work is regularly exhibited in solo- and group exhibitions worldwide. She is represented by Upstream Gallery since 2004.

In the fall of 2016 Jen Lui will be doing an artist residency at the LMCC in New York.

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Jen Liu

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Berlinale 2018

Berlin, 14 Feb - 25 Feb '18


Tulsa, 27 Jan - 3 Mar '18

After Party: Collective Dance and Individiual Gymnastics

Hong Kong, 14 Jan - 4 Mar '17

The Visible Hand

New York, 7 Jan - 15 Feb '17

Jen Liu: The Pink Detachment

Berlin, 16 Aug - 27 Aug '16

Utopia Is No Place, Utopia Is Process

Bennington, 12 Apr - 12 May '16

We Are Not Things

New York, 8 Jan - 14 Feb '16


Amsterdam, 3 Oct - 14 Nov '15

The Managers

Amsterdam, 18 Oct - 21 Nov '14

10th Shanghai Biennale

Shanghai, 22 Nov '14 - 31 Mar '15

A Decade Upstream

Amsterdam, 30 Nov - 19 Dec '13


Amsterdam, 5 Jun - 16 Jul '10

The Last Alphabet / Pasta Belt Health

Amsterdam, 16 May - 27 May '09

Insurrection for a Million or One

Amsterdam, 8 Mar - 3 May '08

Folkert de Jong and Jen Liu

Amsterdam, 1 May '04 - 6 Jun '06

The Last Four Seasons

Amsterdam, 15 Oct - 19 Nov '05


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