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)

More from Sotheby's

Stay informed with Sotheby’s top stories, videos & news.
Receive the best from Sotheby’s delivered to your inbox.

By subscribing you are agreeing to Sotheby’s Privacy Policy. You can unsubscribe from Sotheby’s emails at any time by clicking the “Manage your Subscriptions” link in any of your emails.

We use our own and third party cookies to enable you to navigate around our Site, use its features and engage on social media, and to allow us to perform analytics, remember your preferences, provide services that you have requested and produce content and advertisements tailored to your interests, both on our Site as well as others. For more information, or to learn how to change your cookie or marketing preferences, please see our updated Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy.

Close