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Calligraphy is a defining feature of Chinese culture, both a means of communication and a revered form of art. It has changed more dramatically during the half century since Mao Zedong established the People's Republic in 1949 than over the preceding fifteen hundred years. At first the traditional art of calligraphy was transformed into an instrument of political power and protest, wielded on an unprecedented scale. Over the past three decades it has emerged as a more visually exciting modern genre, one that offers fascinating insights into the people of modern China.

For The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China, Gordon S. Barrass interviewed many prominent calligraphers. He focuses on twenty-five individuals who have been key figures in this process and who exemplify its main trends, from the grand tradition to the avant-garde. Lavishly illustrated, this sumptuous book charts the development of these calligraphers and makes their distinctive voices accessible to Western readers for the first time.

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A lavishly illustrated survey of the development and significance of calligraphy in China since the 1949 Revolution.

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"This is an excellent handbook of contemporary Chinese calligraphy for English-speaking readers. Barrass loves calligraphy and offers much information about the lives and art of many of the finest modern masters of this ancient art. The book fills a big gap in the literature."—Richard Barnhart, coauthor of Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting

About the Author

Gordon S. Barrass served in the British Embassy in Beijing from 1970 to 1972 and then at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, where he spent the next two years developing Sino-British cultural exchanges. He continued to be involved with Sino-British relations over the next twenty years. During the past decade he has made more than fifty visits to China, giving him the opportunity to continue his research and collecting of modern Chinese calligraphy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520234512
Author:
Barrass, Gordon S.
Author:
British Museum
Author:
Barrass, Gordon
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
History - Asian
Subject:
Calligraphy
Subject:
Calligraphy, chinese
Subject:
Calligraphers
Subject:
Techniques - Calligraphy
Subject:
Calligraphy, Chinese -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Calligraphers -- China.
Subject:
Art-Calligraphy
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 96-141
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
180 color illustrations, 30 b/w photogra
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 11.5 x 1 in 4 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A lavishly illustrated survey of the development and significance of calligraphy in China since the 1949 Revolution.
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"This is an excellent handbook of contemporary Chinese calligraphy for English-speaking readers. Barrass loves calligraphy and offers much information about the lives and art of many of the finest modern masters of this ancient art. The book fills a big gap in the literature."—Richard Barnhart, coauthor of Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting
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