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Liu Bolin

China's 'Invisible Man' Vanishes for UN Global Goals Campaign

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 09.22.2015 | World

BEIJING -- Liu Bolin is preparing to disappear. He stands stone-still on a platform with his eyes shut, dripping sweat while an assistant smears Venez...

Meet The Art World's Closest Thing To A Living Chameleon

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.05.2014 | Arts

Most often when we encounter body art, there's not much meaning behind the images aside from the fairly obvious fact that beautiful naked bodies cover...

Liu Bolin - Hiding in the City

Janet Fong | Posted 08.06.2014 | TED Weekends
Janet Fong

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHis work illustrates that amid the accelerating progress of society, our living environment has significantly improved, while humans are becoming increasing lost about the meaning and value of self -- sometimes even allowing the self to disintegrate. The artist's Chinese army training uniform and disappearance into the background are deliberate and metaphoric gestures of protest against this loss.

Liu Bolin: The "Invisible Man" Journeys From China To The West

Michael A. Santoro | Posted 08.05.2014 | TED Weekends
Michael A. Santoro

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere is more, however, to Bolin's technique than simple pleasures--there is the scene finding and set up, the painting, the social commentary, and finally the snap of the camera. It is a genre-bending combination of street theatre, conceptual art, and photography rolled into one.

Hidden Injustices, Irreconcilable Contradictions

Meredith Ludlow | Posted 08.03.2014 | TED Weekends
Meredith Ludlow

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs Liu remarks, "any culture has its irreconcilable contradictions." Often we are just too wrapped up in our own societies to see them. Sometimes it takes fading into the background as a quiet observer to bring these contradictions into sharp focus.

Harnessing The Power Of Invisibility

Blair Schulman | Posted 08.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Blair Schulman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTo embark upon a series of stealth configurations I expect more than a sleight of hand to invoke some intrigue or unrest. "My intention was not to disappear in the environment but (to) let the environment take possession of me", Bolin says. Once possessed, now what? How do you roil the many to action? Does such work bring out the tumbrels or will it present a shrug instead, leaving everyone to return to their meager comforts?

A Chinese Artist Offers Irreverence And Hope With His Work

Amy Wu | Posted 07.30.2014 | TED Weekends
Amy Wu

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTrue, I could not access Google and my Gmail or Facebook, but I was also introduced to an underground rock scene, to journalism students who asked thoughtful questions and who were inspired into the profession to tell the truth, and met young intellectuals and artists who like Liu find ways to openly express themselves within the boundaries of society and reality.

The Artist Versus The Dictator

Tenzin Dorjee | Posted 07.30.2014 | TED Weekends
Tenzin Dorjee

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgToday, a growing number of Chinese artists are sharing their vision of a free China with the public, and there is little that the government can do to stop them. Every now and then, the authorities will put someone in jail - in 2011, they detained Ai Weiwei for 81 days - but they cannot imprison his art, which lives in a realm beyond the reach of violence. They may turn off the lights, but they cannot force the prisoner to sleep.

WATCH: These Profound Images Are For Anyone Who's Ever Felt Invisible

TEDTalks | Posted 07.30.2014 | TED Weekends

Chinese artist Liu Bolin can disappear into everything from famous landmarks to the rows of instant noodles at the supermarket. The question is: Why? By going invisible, what does he help you see?

Hiding In Plain Sight

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts

Liu Bolin, a Chinese artist known as the "Invisible Man," performed one of his signature disappearing acts at Eli Klein Fine Art in New York this week...

Of Course This Is What Liu Bolin Does At His TED Talk...

Posted 03.05.2013 | Arts

We were hoping that Liu Bolin, the art world's famous chameleon, would tackle his upcoming TED talk by doing what he does best: disappearing. Although...

WATCH: China's Invisible Man | Posted 04.15.2013 | Arts

How do you stand out in a country populated by more than 1.3 billion people? Blend in. Chinese artist Liu Bolin's ticket to fame has been, quite ir...

Can You Spot The Artist?

Posted 01.11.2013 | Arts

Liu Bolin is the "Where's Waldo" of the art world. But instead of a red skull cap and sweater, the Chinese artist dons his own painted artworks -- rea...

Liu Bolin, The Disappearing Artist

Posted 02.16.2012 | Arts

Where's Waldo is for amateurs; now it's all about Where's Liu. Liu Bolin is quite the chameleon. Whether standing in front of a grocery store aisl...

PHOTOS: Can You Spot The Fashion Designer?

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 02.03.2012 | Style

What happens when you combine fashion designers, "Where's Waldo" and buckets upon buckets of paint? Well, Alber Elbaz goes missing. That's what hap...

Artist Disappears Into Kenny Scharf's Iconic Mural

Posted 08.23.2011 | Arts

Artist Liu Bolin is known for his series "Hiding In the City" in which he photographs himself painted to blend into his surroundings. So far, the imag...

PHOTOS: Body Paint As Beautiful Art | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Artist Liu Bolin has some truly amazing face and body painting skills. The Beijing-based painter and sculptor has been creating new works worthy of Wh...

'Burning Man Obama' (VIDEO): Chinese Artist Builds Effigy Of President As Tribute

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Barack Obama will be visiting China next week, and as this video report from Reuters shows, the Chinese are enthusiastic about Obama, if not in ways t...