Out of Character

Decoding Chinese Calligraphy

Event has passed (Fri Oct 5, 2012 - Sun Jan 13, 2013)
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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.


Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA
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  1. Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA