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Asian Art Museum

Exhibition Detail
Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

October 5th, 2012 - January 13th, 2013
October 5th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Dragon", detail from poem in cursive script by Zhang Ruitu (張瑞圖, 1570-1641),
Dragon", detail from poem in cursive script by Zhang Ruitu (張瑞圖, 1570-1641),
large hanging scroll, ink on paper
© Courtesy of Asian Art Museum
Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
Chinese Calligraphy, calligraphy

What defines a masterwork? This exhibition, focusing on fifteen masterpieces supported by twenty-five additional works of the highest quality, explores the roles of tradition, creativity and self-expression in the art of Chinese calligraphy. Through the centuries, a complex set of rules and traditions evolved impacting every aspect of the calligrapher’s practice. Within these constraints, creativity and self-expression have remained the goals of the Chinese calligrapher. Global artistic phenomenon Xu Bing has proposed a new multi-media piece especially for the exhibition. Out of Character also includes paintings--borrowed from the collection of SFMOMA--by modern American masters Brice Marden, Franz Kline, and Mark Tobey, whose works have been linked with calligraphy.

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