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September 02, 2006

Dam Art

Newly Displaced PopulationBuilding the Three Gorges Dam across China's Yangtze River will displace 1.9 million people and destroy habitat for endangered species, consequences painter Liu Xiaodong depicts in monumental canvases recently shown at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. In Newly Displaced Population (above), a duck twists in midair death throes, children play violently, and prostitutes solicit clients. Behind them, deceptively calm water rises. --Alison Fromme

(Photograph courtesy of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco)


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