This is the catalogue for the travelling exhibition ‘Power of the Word’. It offers a focused look at significant and provocative works in a wide range of mediums by nine Chinese artists who both celebrate and critique the conventions and powerful traditions of the written word in China. Breaking with the 2000 year-old traditions of Chinese calligraphic art, these artists reassess the aesthetic and cultural assumptions of China’s word-based society. Their permutations of calligraphy reflect a fresh understanding of the relationship between language and art, often stimulated by interaction with Western culture. Introduction to the exhibits and the participating artists are included.
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