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Zao Wou-Ki, born in 1921, conjoins western abstraction and Asian calligraphic traditions to produce paintings at once gestural and light-filled. Born in China, he moved to Paris in the 1940s, where the early support of MirĂ³ and Picasso, among others, encouraged him to resolve the disparate artistic and cultural paradigms informing his thought. While Paul Klee is readily detectable as a crucial resource, an early friendship with Henri Michaux was also pivotal, encouraging Zao to extend his Chinese ink technique. Michaux's view of his own work as a documentary graph of present-tense consciousness also must have struck Zao as sympathetic, since his paintings, in which wispy calligraphic tendrils float across foggy light, convey a similar sense of the human nervous system transcribed. This book collects, for the first time, writings, interviews and a significant selection of Zao's oeuvre from his early works to the present.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788434311633
ISBN-10: 8434311631
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 215mm x 20mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Ediciones Poligrafa
Publisher: Ediciones Poligrafa
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: Spain

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