SEVENTY TWO FOR LIU: On the heels of her solo exhibition at Salon Vert in London, Lucy Liu celebrated the release of her new art book, “Seventy Two,” at the new Tory Burch flagship on Madison Avenue on Wednesday night. “This is probably the strongest exhibition I’ve had and it’s the one I’m most proud of,” said Liu. The actress’ printed Giambattista Valli cocktail dress bore an uncanny similarity to her paintings, which are mostly black ink on white paper. “Somebody bought it for me,” said Liu of the dress. “I know, I’m almost too matchy.”

The weighty book takes its inspiration from a kabbalah chart comprised of the 72 Names of God, a Jewish mystical concept from the Book of Exodus. “I think people don’t always love when people wear different hats…like, ‘Oh, you’re a musician and now you’re an actor?’ So, it can be a very difficult place to stand.”

This story first appeared in the October 14, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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