3 November 2016 - 6 February 2017
CHINA BLACK: Zao Wou-Ki, Wang Keping
Aktis Gallery, 10-11 Park Place, St James's, London SW1A 1LP

China Black

Thursday 3rd November- Tuesday 6th February: 10am - 6pm

Aktis Gallery  


Join us for St. James's late night opening from 5-9pm, Sunday 6th November.
Meet Wang Keping at our Artist in Conversation event, moderated by Dr. Katie Hill: 6.30pm


Aktis Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) and Wang Keping (b.1949) for Asian Art in London 2016. The exhibition 'CHINA BLACK' is dedicated to two of the most influential Chinese émigré artists of the 20th century.


Aktis gallery will showcase a selection of 10 Chinese ink paintings by the renowned Zao Wou-Ki, the greatest Chinese artist of the lyrical abstraction movement. The works range from 1950 through to the year 2000, providing a fascinating insight into the span of Zao's artistic practice. They will be exhibited alongside a group of 16 sculptures by the exceptional contemporary sculptor Wang Keping. 



"The black ink rooted in the essence of Chinese culture, the black of the ink on paper, the black of the wood sculpture - where the three meet in an all embracing realm is the realm of China Black."


"The ancient tradition of Chinese ink painting is deeply profound, and yet as dark as an endless abyss. Zao Wou-Ki is the first person to find the way out of it."


"I have never been part of the traditional establishment, but always an outsider on the fringes of both
Chinese and Western art traditions and movements, like a lonely walker at night."


- Wang Keping, 2016