Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy—Selections from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang
April 29–August 17, 2014
This exhibition features more than forty outstanding examples of calligraphy from the collection of Jerry Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki, created by leading artists of the Yuan (1271–1368), Ming (1368–1644), and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. The selection of artworks and their interpretation in the galleries are intended to speak to beginners and specialists alike, using calligraphy of the highest quality to introduce key concepts of format, script type, and style. Some of the most notable works are a standard script transcription of a Buddhist sutra by Zhao Mengfu (1254–1322); a clerical script transcription of The Thousand-Character Classic in an eighty-five-leaf album by Wen Peng (1498–1573); a powerful cursive writing by Xiong Tingbi (1569–1625), a Ming general charged with defending the Great Wall; a selection of works by Dong Qichang (1555–1636), the preeminent calligrapher, painter, and art theorist of the late Ming dynasty; and an important group of nineteenth-century pieces by masters of the "Epigraphic School," who based their calligraphy on the archaic scripts found on bronze vessels and monumental stone steles.
The companion volume to the exhibition illuminates China's ultimate art form.