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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    Wang Keping was born in Beijing in 1949 and was a founding member of the seminal Chinese experimental art group, the Stars. The Stars held their first exhibition outside the National Art Gallery in Beijing in 1979, which was quickly shut down by the government for displaying politically dissident art. In the group’s next exhibition, one of Wang’s works was declared a blasphemous parody of Mao Zedong. Wang moved to Paris in 1984 as a political refugee where he has lived and worked since. Despite the initially politicized reaction to his work, his sculptures in wood are iconic for their very personal expression that borders on both abstraction and figuration.

106

Untitled

not dated
Carved wood.
19 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 4 in. (49.5 x 12.4 x 10.2 cm).
Inscribed with initials "WK" on the underside.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £8,400

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm
London