'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 1,500 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, which now offers fascinating insights into the people of modern China.
The author has personally interviewed many prominent calligraphers to focus on twenty-five individuals who have been key figures in this process and exemplify its main trends, from the grand tradition to the avant-garde.' (front sleeve)

Chinese transcriptions of calligraphy and bibliography are provided.
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Onsite

Location code REF.BAG2
Language

English

Keywords

calligraphyChina

Publication/Creation date

2002

No of pages

288

ISBN / ISSN

0520234510

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
The Great Debate
The Changing World
The Grand Tradition
Breaking the Mould
The Classicists
The Modernists
The Neo-Classicists
The Avant-Garde
The Brushmarks of Friendship
The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China
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