1949 · China
Wang Keping is seen as an established artist, who was born in China. Wang Keping was born in 1949. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Gao Xingjian, Ho Huai-Shuo, Cu Gan, Tong Yangtze and Wang Dongling.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Wang Keping is represented by 4 galleries around the world, including countries such as Belgium, the United Kingdom, and France. Galleries include Ben Brown Fine Arts | London and Aktis Gallery in the United Kingdom, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium. Wang Keping's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium (25 June 2019 until 12 July 2019) with the exhibition Exposition d’été. Wang Keping's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; 10 ans (23 April 2019 - 20 June 2019) at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium and Simplicité - Nature - Sensualité (26 January 2018 - 31 March 2018) at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium. Wang Keping's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Simplicité - Nature - Sensualité and took place at Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Brussels in Belgium from the 26 January 2018 to 31 March 2018.
Wang Keping in private collections
Historical Context of China
A leader in technology and technical development in both the arts and sciences, China and its artisans have pioneered many ground-breaking innovations. For example, true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, was developed in China in the early 1300s. It would not be developed in Europe with the same technical quality and physical properties until 1722, when the Meissen factory in Germany also uncovered the secrets of the recipe. Modern art production, when not focused on celebrating the ideals of the State, instead reworked many of the classical ideals of Calligraphic ink works made with the brush.
Further Biographical Context for Wang Keping
Wang Keping was born in 1949 and was largely influenced by the 1960s. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Representative of a time stirring both faith and anger, the 1960s triggered an explosion of cutting-edge ideologies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact globally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, while getting rid of the emotional and highly personal aspect it would often associated with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply relating to Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for example, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to depict the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the haunting angst of the meaninglessness of life.