Born in Beijing in 1949, the Chinese sculptor Wang Keping currently lives and works in Paris. Wang Keping is a self-taught sculptore and works mainly with wood, a material that he respects, highlighting its the natural curves. A founding member of the group “Xing Xing” (Les Etoiles), with Ma Desheng, Ai Weiwei and Li Shuang, he leaves China in 1984 to exile himself in Paris. This expatriation comes along with a sliding of political subjects towards a more personal and more contemplative approach centered on the body, essentially feminine. The wood, the highly alive material, allows him to develop an organic language. Wang Keping does not hesitate to let dry supports selected during several years before sculpturing them. This media and its peculiarities so guide his work which logically favors uncluttered forms and movements. He lives and works in Paris. He admires artists such as Maillol, Brancusi or Zadkine. Starting from 1986, he shows his works at the Zürcher gallery and in 1989 he has a show at the Georges Pompidou Center and the Museum of Modern Art of Taiwan. Wang Keping has been selected by Art+Auction (Artinfo.com) in the Top 50 Next Most Collectible Artists. His work ‘Silence’ has been selected by the CNN as one of the ’10 art works that will change the way you see China’ in 2014. In 2015 Artprice.com published an article about his artworks’ market value entitled ‘Le Cas Wang Keping’ (The Wang Keping Case).
About Fonderie de la Plaine
The Taube establishment, which practiced lost wax casting, was in operation from 1977 to 1994. Its workshops were then established at 6 rue Proudhon in Plaine-Saint-Denis. For a few years, until 1981, Taube was associated with Lebel, a former employee of the Valsuani foundry. They produce works of all sizes. Very close to the sculptor whose artistic work it respects, this foundry is defined as an extension of the artist's studio. It will later become Fonderie de la Plaine.
Denis Jolivot, who studied at Valsuani, created in June 1984 (or 1985) the Fonderie d'Art de la Plaine and produced bronzes for artists such as Mauro Corda, Daniel Daviau, Tatiana Found etc. Philippe Verger frequents Montparnasse a lot and meets those who will introduce him to art: the Lalanne. Then, he meets the leaders of Indian painting such as Ramkumar and Raza, then discovers the "new realists". More recently, he met Dominique Fury, the initiator of the "new pop" movement, then he befriended graffiti artist Torrick Ablach AKA Toxic, Jean Michel Basquiat's friend. In 2007, Philippe Verger, entrepreneur and art lover, and Denis Jolivot, founder, decided to create, on the outskirts of Paris, a space to share their collections and their taste for art. (...) To carry out this project, they called on the Donnet-Tresse architectural firm. This involves rehabilitating the existing industrial premises and constructing new buildings, the first of which was inaugurated in 2012.
The foundry already has 500 m2 of exhibition space, which was doubled in 2015. The production of this foundry is entirely devoted to works of art from models of sculptors exclusively. Direct orders from sculptors represent around 80% of production. All pieces, single, original or multiple copies are numbered in accordance with the code of ethics of art foundries, recognized by the union of founders of France. This workshop, which responds to public commissions, is able to produce pieces of all sizes, including monumental ones (lost wax casting). Very active, he participates in exhibitions. Many sculptures signed Henri Bouchard (1875-1960) were cast in these workshops.