Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Zao Wu Ji at the BNF
Chinese painter Zao Wu Ji, who has been a Parisian for the past 60 years, may well be my favorite living artist. Last year, he donated many of his printed works to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, which is now offering an exhibition celebrate this manna. I visited it today and fell for the etchings as well as the illustrations Zao created for poetry collections by Leopold Senghor, Shakespeare, Ezra Pound, and two of my favorite French poets, the sublime René Char and the whimsical Henri Michaux, who was one of Zao's life-long friend.