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"Life Gives Beauty Form" - Rutgers Honors Liu Shiming's Vast Artistic Journey

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

On September 6, 2023, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University – New Brunswick hosted the reception for the exhibition “Liu Shiming: Life Gives Beauty Form” from 5-8 PM. The landmark exhibition will offer an in-depth exploration of the famed Chinese sculptor Liu Shiming's six-decade career, making it the largest U.S. retrospective of his work to date.

Dean Jason Geary remarked on the collaboration with the foundation and announced the inaugural recipient of the Liu Shiming Scholarship at MSGA, Rutgers.

Showcasing over 80 sculptures and 12 drawings, the exhibition includes 27 works being shown for the first time in America. The late artist Liu Shiming (1926-2010) was a pioneer of modern sculpture in China, integrating Chinese and Western aesthetics in his works.

The Exhibition LIU SHIMING: Life Gives Beauty Form at Mason Gross Galleries

The reception offered a first look at Liu's celebration of mundane beauty and folk traditions. Jason Geary, Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, highlights his impressions of the beauty, humanity, and whimsy of Liu Shiming's sculptures on display. He mentioned that "I was blown away by the sheer beauty, the way in which it fills our space and captivates. I think there's a kind of warmth and humanity to the work that really draws the viewer in." Marc Handelman, Department Chair of Art and Design of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, admired the bold and direct nature of Liu's work, emphasizing its tactile and gestural qualities.

The Liu Shiming Scholarship recipient was also announced. The honor has been bestowed upon Jonathan Wenur, an interdisciplinary artist based in New Jersey. Wenur is currently studying at Rutgers University and is expected to receive a BFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2024.

John Yau, Fran Kaufman and Tamara Sears engaged in the captivating panel discussion on Sep. 6th, at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

Highlighting the evening's events, esteemed Rutgers faculty Tamara Sears and John Yau also led a panel discussion from 5:30-7 PM, moderated by Fran Kaufman.

This major retrospective is made possible through a partnership with the Liu Shiming Art Foundation. The foundation recently funded the Liu Shiming Scholarship at Rutgers, which cemented the shared commitment to celebrating art that echoes diverse, socially relevant themes. The exhibition continues through September 22, 2023.

With its commitment to art, Mason Gross Galleries and the Liu Shiming Art Foundation are proud to present this comprehensive display of Liu Shiming's stylistic evolution. The reception provided a unique opportunity to view these works and join leading scholars in discussing Liu's legacy.

For more information about the exhibition on view, please check the website:

Written by Yolly Zhang

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