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What defines a masterwork of calligraphy? andlt;iandgt;Out of Character,andlt;/iandgt; a collaborative effort from leading Chinese and U.S. scholars, tries to answer this question by focusing on fifteen calligraphic masterpieces. Supporting these masterworks are an additional twenty-five works of the highest quality.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Calligraphy has been admired as the ultimate art form by China's educated elite for more than 2,000 years. Over that time a complex set of rules and conventions has evolved that impacts every aspect of the calligrapher's practice. Within the constraints of their artistic tradition, creativity and self-expression have remained of primary importance to the Chinese calligrapher. With mind and hand in accord, Chinese calligraphers express the strength of their character in the characters they write. andlt;iandgt;Out of Character andlt;/iandgt;provides the context and the critical tools viewers need to understand why this art form has been so admired in the Chinese tradition.

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What defines a masterwork of calligraphy? Out of Character, a collaborative effort from leading Chinese and U.S. scholars, tries to answer this question by focusing on fifteen calligraphic masterpieces. Supporting these masterworks are an additional twenty-five works of the highest quality.

Calligraphy has been admired as the ultimate art form by China's educated elite for more than 2,000 years. Over that time a complex set of rules and conventions has evolved that impacts every aspect of the calligrapher's practice. Within the constraints of their artistic tradition, creativity and self-expression have remained of primary importance to the Chinese calligrapher. With mind and hand in accord, Chinese calligraphers express the strength of their character in the characters they write. Out of Character provides the context and the critical tools viewers need to understand why this art form has been so admired in the Chinese tradition.

About the Author

Michael Knight is the author of Power and Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty and many other publications.

Joseph Chang is the author of In Pursuit of Heavenly Harmony: Paintings and Calligraphy and many other publications.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780939117635
Publisher:
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Subject:
Calligraphy
Author:
Knight, Michael
Author:
Chang, Joseph
Subject:
Art-Calligraphy
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Calligraphy; Chinese Calligraphy; Master Calligraphy analysis; Decoding Chinese Calligraphy; Critically understanding Chinese Calligraphy
Edition Description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
approx 100 illustrations
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
12.25 x 9.5 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Asia and Far East
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Calligraphy
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism

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Product details 352 pages Asian Art Museum of San Francisco - English 9780939117635 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , What defines a masterwork of calligraphy? Out of Character, a collaborative effort from leading Chinese and U.S. scholars, tries to answer this question by focusing on fifteen calligraphic masterpieces. Supporting these masterworks are an additional twenty-five works of the highest quality.

Calligraphy has been admired as the ultimate art form by China's educated elite for more than 2,000 years. Over that time a complex set of rules and conventions has evolved that impacts every aspect of the calligrapher's practice. Within the constraints of their artistic tradition, creativity and self-expression have remained of primary importance to the Chinese calligrapher. With mind and hand in accord, Chinese calligraphers express the strength of their character in the characters they write. Out of Character provides the context and the critical tools viewers need to understand why this art form has been so admired in the Chinese tradition.

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