09/10/2013 10:19 am ET Updated Nov 10, 2013

82nd & Fifth: METAPHORICAL by Shi-yee Liu

This small fan painting, now mounted as an album leaf, was made by Liang Kai, who left his prestigious position as a court painter to live in a Buddhist monastery. "He's playing on the idea of the deceptive nature of what can be seen on the surface," says curator Shi-yee Liu.

See Chinese fans painted in different styles and how they were held.