TOTEM WANG Keping
- Dimensions : 36 × 36 × 166 cm
- Year : 1993
- Material : Bronze
- Editions : Edition of 8
- Signature : Signé
Presented by Hanart Gallery in Taiwan and Tokyo Gallery in Tokyo very early, Wang achieved great success with the collectors and the support of press.
His sculpture “Silence” of wood and then of bronze is an icon in the beginning of Chinese Avant-Garde and were reproduced many times.
Wang Keping played a decisive role in Post-89 Exhibition (1992) in Hong Kong. It was him who selected the artists with Li Xianting, and presented him to Johnson Chang.
Married with a French living in Beijing, he benefited from a relate immunity, he yet got troubles. Therefore, he immigrated to France in 1984. In Paris, he got to know Gao Xingjian, the future winner of Nobel Price for literature.
His wood sculptures blackened by fire and were firstly inspired by totem and by idols who reminded of folkloric tutelary figures in north of China and in Korean. Then his creation turned to the simple formes with the themes : women wearing a bun, kiss/couple, bird, masculine figures with tail, and a pair of teat. The simplification and purification were embodied in his sculptures, moreover, in the best cases reminded of Constantin Brancusi’s works.