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Wen Peng (1498–1573). The Thousand-Character Classic in clerical script (detail), dated 1561

Wen Peng (1498–1573). The Thousand-Character Classic (detail) in clerical script, dated 1561. Album of 85 double leaves; ink on paper. Courtesy Guanyuan Shanzhuang Collection

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Friday Focus—Reading and Looking: The Pleasures of Chinese Calligraphy

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Welcome and Introduction:
Joseph Scheier-Dolberg, Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art, MMA

Lecture:
Robert E. Harrist Jr., Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History, Columbia University

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy—Selections from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang.

Recorded May 9, 2014

Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy—Selections from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang

April 29–August 17, 2014

Accompanied by blog posts and a catalogue

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.

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The companion volume to the exhibition illuminates China's ultimate art form.

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