Chinese calligraphy was born more than three thousand years ago the earliest forms of writing were laborious to create and over time different ways of writing known as script types evolved in some cases for the sake of efficiency and in others for the sake of legibility. Out of character decoding chinese calligraphy edited by michael knight and joseph z chang 2012 asian art museum of san francisco 352 pages this book is the catalog for the eponymous exhibition recently at the asian art museum in san francisco and at the time of this writing on display at the metropolitan museum of. Chinese characters have assumed a position of supreme cultural power and authority within traditional chinese society since their creation more than five thousand years ago and calligraphy the art of writing characters is among the most ancient venerated and lasting chinese art forms. Out of character decoding chinese calligraphy is the first major exhibition of chinese calligraphy in the us since 1999 after its presentation at the asian art museum the exhibition is scheduled to tour to the metropolitan museum of art new york in 2014
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