In organizing the first retrospective of Zao Wou-Ki in the United States, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art Ankeney Weitz, along with her co-curators Melissa Walt, research associate at Colby College, and Michelle Yun, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at Asia Society, were tasked not only with studying the painter’s work but also locating them. In this post for The Lantern, Professor Weitz reflects on the nearly decade global hunt for Zao Wou-Ki’s work.

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Fig. 1.Traces dans la ville (Tracks in the City), 1954. Oil on canvas, 51 15/16 x 64 in. (131.9 x 162.6 cm). Gift of The Honorable Sherwood Tarlow, 1993.016

Fig. 1.Traces dans la ville (Tracks in the City), 1954. Oil on canvas, 51 15/16 x 64 in. (131.9 x 162.6 cm). Gift of The Honorable Sherwood Tarlow, 1993.016

Fig 2. Marronnier (Chestnut), 1955. Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (100.3 x 64.8 cm). Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University. Gift of Harvey Picker ’36, 1994.2.4

Fig 2. Marronnier (Chestnut), 1955. Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (100.3 x 64.8 cm). Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University. Gift of Harvey Picker ’36, 1994.2.4