Brushed Voices: Calligraphy in Contemporary China (review)

Brushed Voices: Calligraphy in Contemporary China (review) Reviews 571 Yiguo Zhang. Brushed Voices: Calligraphy in Contemporary China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998. 154 pp. 64 illustrations (11 repeated in color). Paperback $30.00, ISBN 1­884919­06­5. Although many Americans are privileged to have access to museums housing fine examples of Chinese calligraphy from various dynastic periods, examples by modern calligraphers are not readily available or frequently exhibited. The diversity of artistic developments in China's contemporary calligraphy is particularly fascinating, for many of these artists continue to practice a very old art form that was, for about fifteen hundred years, the hallmark of elite members of society. There are those, however, who challenge its conventions or reinterpret this ancient art form. We are unable to chart the developments in this flourishing practice from abroad, and so it is fortunate that Yiguo Zhang, a citizen of China and practicing calligrapher, has endeavored to celebrate and discuss China's recent calligraphic history through this book. Brushed Voices is a catalog of an exhibition that was held at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, in 1998. The exhibition was organized by Yiguo Zhang with the help of others and includes twenty-one prominent and well-established calligraphers. Many of them hold very important http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Brushed Voices: Calligraphy in Contemporary China (review)

China Review International, Volume 7 (2) – Sep 1, 2000

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Reviews 571 Yiguo Zhang. Brushed Voices: Calligraphy in Contemporary China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998. 154 pp. 64 illustrations (11 repeated in color). Paperback $30.00, ISBN 1­884919­06­5. Although many Americans are privileged to have access to museums housing fine examples of Chinese calligraphy from various dynastic periods, examples by modern calligraphers are not readily available or frequently exhibited. The diversity of artistic developments in China's contemporary calligraphy is particularly fascinating, for many of these artists continue to practice a very old art form that was, for about fifteen hundred years, the hallmark of elite members of society. There are those, however, who challenge its conventions or reinterpret this ancient art form. We are unable to chart the developments in this flourishing practice from abroad, and so it is fortunate that Yiguo Zhang, a citizen of China and practicing calligrapher, has endeavored to celebrate and discuss China's recent calligraphic history through this book. Brushed Voices is a catalog of an exhibition that was held at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, in 1998. The exhibition was organized by Yiguo Zhang with the help of others and includes twenty-one prominent and well-established calligraphers. Many of them hold very important

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