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The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China

The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China

by Gordon Barrass
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520234510

ISBN-13: 9780520234512

Pub. Date: 06/07/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520234512
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/07/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
11.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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