Zao Wou-Ki: Paper and China

Zao Wou-Ki: Paper and China

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Artist: Zao Wou-Ki

Title: Zao Wou-Ki: Paper and China

Author(s): Daniel Abadie

Year: 2008

ISBN: 978-0-89797-351-9

Publisher: Marlborough Gallery, Inc.

Book Format: Softcover, 9 5/8 x 11 5/8 inches, 56 pages, 36 color plates

This catalogue is published on the occassion of the exhibition of china and works on paper by the preeminent Paris-based Chinese artist, Zao Wou-ki. The works on paper will be comprised of inks on paper executed in the last three years and ten large scale (approximately three and a half by five feet in length) color serigraphs. The works show a masterly control yet spontaneous fluidity of space, or what Daniel Abadie refers to in the catalogue’s essay as “breathing space.” Speaking of Zao’s approach to draw-ing he writes, “Being Chinese, he has always understood emptiness, the breathing space that is the real essence of traditional Asian painting…Zao sets up a “dream space” that is infused with breath, to use François Cheng’s magnificent expression for this fundamental tenet in Chinese thought.”