Beijing, b.1949

Wang Keping

Wang Keping was one of the founders of the non-conformist artist group "The Stars" (Xing Xing), formed in 1979 during the post-Cultural Revolution "Beijing Spring". This group of young avant garde artists challenged the status quo and were pivotal in initiating some of the first free art expressions in the post-Mao era bringing together like-minded artists as Huang Rui and Ma Desheng. As one of France and China's foremost sculptors, Wang Keping's sculptures are an exploration of the human form. With a natural intuition of space and balance, they convey a highly sensual representation of the female body, mother and child. Wang Keping reveals the natural contours of the wood: the grain; knots; and flaws to evoke figurative representations in his work. Inspired in his early years by masters of...

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Biography

Wang Keping was one of the founders of the non-conformist artist group "The Stars" (Xing Xing), formed in 1979 during the post-Cultural Revolution "Beijing Spring". This group of young avant garde artists challenged the status quo and were pivotal in initiating some of the first free art expressions in the post-Mao era bringing together like-minded artists as Huang Rui and Ma Desheng. As one of France and China's foremost sculptors, Wang Keping's sculptures are an exploration of the human form. With a natural intuition of space and balance, they convey a highly sensual representation of the female body, mother and child. Wang Keping reveals the natural contours of the wood: the grain; knots; and flaws to evoke figurative representations in his work. Inspired in his early years by masters of European Modernist sculpture.

Wang Keping was born in Beijing in 1949. In 1979, he took part in the Beijing Spring Democracy Movement. He is a founder of the Stars Group (Xing Xing), China's first avant garde art group following the Cultural Revolution. In September 1979, The Stars Group (Xing Xing) organized the first non-conformist art exhibition on the gates of the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. It had a great impact in China. He has been living and working in Paris since 1984.

Artworks

Ganbu (Official), 1985

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Art of the 1980s / Asian Art / Avant-garde / Balance and Harmony / Beijing / China / Chinese Art / Chinese Avant-garde Art / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Chinese Art / Gentle and Smooth Brushstrokes / History/Historical Approach / Individual and Society / Ink / Ink on Paper / Inspired by European Modernism / Modern and Contemporary Chinese History / Monochrome Colors / My Motherland / National History / Paper / Paris / Scroll Painting / Sculpture / Space/Spatiality / Works on Paper

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Stars Forever Stars, 10 Chancery Lan Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2017

    WANG KEPING | Birds - Harmony of the Forest, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2015

    Wang Keping, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    Art Basel, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Basel

  • TEFAF Maastricht, Michael Goedhuis, Maastricht, Netherlands

Grants & Awards

  • 2015

    Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, France

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Curriculum Vitae

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Stars Forever Stars, 10 Chancery Lan Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2017

    WANG KEPING | Birds - Harmony of the Forest, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2015

    Wang Keping, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2013

    Wang Keping, UCCA, 798 District, Beijing

  • Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

  • 2012

    Wood, Flesh Form, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong Galerie Zurcher Paris

  • 2011

    Eternal Smile, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

  • Galerie Magda Danysz, Shanghai - Paris

  • Galerie Zurcher

  • 2010

    Musee Zadkine, Paris, France

  • Zurcher Studio, New York, NY

  • 2009

    Wang Keping, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2008

    He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

  • 2006

    Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France

  • 2005

    Galerie Grand Siecle, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2002

    Wang Keping, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    Art Basel, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Basel

  • TEFAF Maastricht, Michael Goedhuis, Maastricht, Netherlands

  • 2016

    Figures, National Museum of Modern Art, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris

  • M + Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, M + Museum, Hong Kong

  • An/other avant-garde – China-Japan-Korea, Busan Biennale 2016, Busan

  • Arts et Nature 2016, Regional estate of Chaumont sur Loire

  • 2015

    The Civil Power, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing

  • 2014

    Art Basel Hong Kong 14, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery booth, Hong Kong

  • 2013

    Art Basel Hong Kong 13, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery booth, Hong Kong

  • Light before Dawn, Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985, Asia Society, Hong Kong

  • 2012

    Art HK, Hong Kong

  • Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France

  • 2011

    Artistes Chinois A Paris, Musee Cernushi, Paris, France

  • Blooming in the Shadows Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985, China Institute, New York

  • Art Paris + Guess 2011, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Paris, France

  • 2008

    China Gold, Art Contemporain Chinois, Musee Maillol, Paris, France

  • Go China – Writing on the Wall, Chinese Art from the Eighties and Nineties, Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands

  • Origin Point, The Stars 30 years old, Today Museum, Beijing, China

  • 2007

    China Contemporary Art: The Long March of the Avant-garde, Contemporary Art Museum, Geneva

  • China Onward, The Estella Collection, Chinese Contemporary Art, 1966- 2006, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

  • 2005

    Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kuntsmuseum, Bern, Switzerland

  • 2004

    Body and Nature, Two Chinese Artists, Marlborough Gallery, New York

  • Chine, le corps Partout, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France

  • 2001

    China without Borders, Goedhuis Contemporary Gallery, New York

  • Modern Chinese Art, The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

  • 2000

    At the New Century, 1979 – 1999 China Contemporary Arts works, Contemporary Art Museum, Chengdu, China

  • Demand for Artistic Freedom, The Stars 20 years, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Grants & Awards

  • 2015

    Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, France

Collections

  • Aidekman Art Center, Boston, U.S.A.

  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Collection of the City of Paris, Paris, France

  • International Sculpture Park, Pu-Yeo, South Korea

  • He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

  • Museum of Asian Contemporary Art, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Museum of Modern Art, Taizhong, Taiwan

  • The Olympic Sculpture Park, Seoul, South Korea

  • M + Uli Sigg Collection, M + The New Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong

  • National Museum of Modern Art, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris