In the present lot, Harmonious Opposition (LOT 507) is an animated illustration of Chinese characters loosely translated as "fierce, soft and harmonious." Unlike the Abstract Expressionists who sought to displace the gesture of the artist, Wang draws upon the calligraphic tradition to embrace the presence of the artist and the inherent qualities of calligraphic script and ink painting and to focus on the material and personal expression.
Born in a small coastal town in Jiangsu province, Wang graduated from the China National Academy of Art in 1981. He rapidly became one of China's most renowned modernist calligraphers, recognised for his works that embody performance and gestural abstraction. Wang is currently the director of Modern Calligraphy Study Centre at the China National Academy of Arts in Hangzhou. His works have been prominently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Palace Museum, Beijing.
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