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The New York Times
''Hung Liu, a Chinese American artist whose work merged past and present, East and West, earning her acclaim in her adopted country and censorship in the land of her birth, died on Aug. 7 at her home in Oakland, Calif. She was 73.'' - Holland Cotter
''She dripped linseed oil over her canvases, creating the impression of tears. Her death came weeks before the opening of a major retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery.'' - Emily Langer
San Francisco Chronicle
''The Chinese-born, Oakland-based painter, who died of pancreatic cancer, was internationally recognized for her work exploring notions of identity, immigration and the Maoist culture she grew up in.'' - Tony Bravo
San Francisco Examiner
''Born of strife and turmoil that killed millions of victims around her, Hung Liu prevailed and succeeded as an internationally acclaimed artist. The Oakland resident who grew up in Maoist China died last week of pancreatic cancer. She was 73.'' - Janos Gereben
"Hung Liu, the pathbreaking Chinese-born American painter who foregrounded the working class, immigrants, and women in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western traditions, died August 7 at the age of seventy-three. One the first Chinese artists to establish career in the United States, Liu explored the delicate relationship between memory and history in paintings focusing on communities misrepresented or marginalized in official narratives. Her style, typically featuring multilayered brushstrokes and washes of linseed oil, has characterized by her husband, critic Jeff Kelley, as a kind of 'weeping realism.'"
''Hung Liu, Painter of Empathic Portraits of Immigrants, Refugees, and More, Is Dead at 73.'' - Tessa Solomon
''Hung Liu, a contemporary Chinese American artist, passed away three weeks ahead of her work debuting in the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands is the first time her art will be presented on a large scale on the East Coast.'' - Maya Pottinger
''A Final Show Honors the Legacy of a Bay Area Art Legend'' - Emily Wilson
''Hung Liu, the first Chinese artist of her generation to emigrate to the U.S., arrived here like many would-be Americans. A suitcase, 20 dollars, and a scholarship to begin graduate studies at UC San Diego (UCSD) were her sole possessions. That and abundant talent and ambition.'' - David M. Roth
East Wind - Politics & Culture of Asian American
''Words alone cannot express the bittersweet sadness at the untimely passing of our beloved artist and friend, Hung Liu.'' - Lenore Chinn
''A painter of emphatic portraits representing marginalized subjects, Chinese-born American artist Hung Liu died on 7 August at the age of 73. Having lived through political revolutions, exile, political uprisings, and displacement, Hung Liu showed these experiences to the world through her art.'' - Eli Anapur
''The Art World Remembers the Late Painter Hung Liu, Who Valorized Everyday Immigrants in Monumental Portraits'' - Sarah Cascone
''A career retrospective for the Oakland-based Chinese-American painter, who died on Aug. 7, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on August 27.'' - Chloe Veltman
''Artist Hung Liu, whose striking portraits depicted life in Maoist China and the American immigrant experience, has died at age 73.'' - Oscar Holland
''Oakland-based visual artist Hung Liu died over the weekend. She was one of the first Chinese artists to establish a successful career in the United States.'' - Chloe Veltman
National Portrait Gallery
''The National Portrait Gallery mourns the death of Hung Liu, whose extraordinary artistic vision reminds us that even in the midst of despair, there is hope, and when people help each other, there is joy. She believed in the power of art—and portraiture—to change the world.'' - Kim Sajet
de Young Museum
''Hung Liu was a vibrant and vital part of the art world. Her passing is shocking and heartbreaking.'' - Kim Sajet
Oakland Museum of California
''Even if you didn’t personally know beloved Oakland-based artist, Hung Liu (1948 - 2021), there was something that felt so familiar about her.'' - OMCA
San Jose Museum of Art
''A pillar of the Bay Area arts community and an internationally renowned artist, Hung touched the lives of everyone she met through her warmth, grace, and generosity. She exuded light, laughter, and positivity. To meet her once was to make a friend forever.'' - SJMA Community
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
''We are deeply saddened to share the terrible news of the passing of Hung Liu, the renowned, Chinese-born American artist whose exhibition Remember This: Hung Liu at Trillium, will open at the JSMA in February 2022.'' - JSMA
''Our thoughts are with family and friends of artist Hung Liu, who died recently.''
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
''We are always saddened to learn about the death of an artist; their creative spirit has been stilled, and we know have a finite body of work to enjoy. It is even more difficult when we have a relationship with them.'' - KTHOMPSON
Turner Carroll Gallery
''Our hearts swell with love and sadness as we report to you that our beloved artist, friend, mentor, and inspiration, Hung Liu, has passed to the next phase of her journey.''
''We are deeply saddened that Hung Liu died August 7th, 2021.
Hung made many prints with us at Shark's Ink. She was a joy to have in the studio with her jokes and stories. On her first visit she called Bud the "monster printer" - the Master printer. She helped create the "little red book of budisms", a compilation of goofy sayings. She made beautiful prints. We have many memories of good times in the studio and around the dinner table. We miss her, dearly."
''Saddened at the sudden passing of our beloved Professor Emerita #HungLiu: Artist Hung Liu, subject of current de Young Museum exhibition, dies at 73''
UC Santa Barbara
''We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of artist, teacher, and mentor Hung Liu. Born in Changchun, China, Liu lived through the Maoist Communist regime. She arrived in California in 1984 to study art, enrolling in UC San Diego’s MFA program, and worked with Allan Kaprow. Her paintings, based on photographs she took while in China, focus on elevating the stories of people living on the margins or in underrepresented groups.'' - AD&D Museum
UC San Diego
''Hung Liu [MFA '86], the pathbreaking Chinese-born American painter who foregrounded the working class, immigrants, and women in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western traditions, died August 7 at the age of 73.''