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Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy

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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
Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
October 5th, 2012 - January 13th, 2013
Opening: October 5th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.asianart.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Union Square/Civic Center
EMAIL:  
members@asianart.org
PHONE:  
415.581.3500
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
TAGS:  
calligraphy, Chinese Calligraphy

DESCRIPTION

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.