Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphy has been admired as the ultimate art form by China's educated elite for more than 2,000 years. Over that time, a complex set of rules and conventions has evolved that impacts every aspect of the calligrapher's practice. Within the constraints of their artistic tradition, creativity and self-expression have remained of primary importance to the Chinese calligrapher.

With mind and hand in accord, Chinese calligraphers express the strength of their character in the characters they write. Out of Character provides the context and the critical tools viewers need to understand why this art form has been so admired in the Chinese tradition.

Out of Character was on view at the Asian Art Museum from Oct. 5, 2012 through Jan. 13, 2013.

Additional information:

  • Author: Michael Knight
  • Editor: Joseph Chang
  • Size: 12.3" x 9.6"
  • Pages: 352
  • Hardcover
  • Publication: 2012