Zao Wou-Ki’s Abstract Vision of Ancient Chinese History

Hong Kong | 31 March

3000 years ago, Chinese emperors sought guidance from the Gods by inscribing oracles on animal bones – these artifacts became known as Oracle Bones. Drawing inspiration from the ancient Chinese objects that his father meticulously collected, Zao Wou-Ki created the ‘Oracle Bone’ series. In this episode of Expert Voices, Sotheby’s Vinci Chang, Head of Modern Asian Art, discusses how Zao Wou-Ki synthesizes distinct Eastern brushstrokes with abstract Western motifs to unite artistic traditions. A masterwork from this series, Untitled, 1958 comes directly from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This work will make its auction debut more than six decades after its creation as a highlight of the Modern Art Evening Sale. (Hong Kong | 31 March 2019)

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