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Wang Keping

Out on a Limb

BY ANDREW COHEN

WANG KEPING working on the sculpture Jeunesse et Amour Maternel [Youth and Maternal Love] at Parc Monceau, Paris. Photo by Armand Borlant for ArtAsiaPacific.

On a blustery September morning in Paris’ Parc Monceau, 62-year-old Chinese-born artist Wang Keping is carving two tree trunks into bold, abstract sculptures. A few children stare with curiosity; passersby who recognize Wang wave or stop for a chat, eager for the chance to connect with one of France’s iconic art figures. He lowers his tools, wood shavings covering his blue…

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