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Brooklyn, CT 06234
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The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphy is regarded by the Chinese as their supreme artistic achievement. It is somewhat ironical that it would be the last aspect of Chinese culture to be studied seriously by large numbers of Western scholars. The 30 pieces of contemporary calligraphy included in this exhibition are examples of the grace and diversity of this independent, abstract art form.

When modern conceptual artists started to use writing as part of their visual imagery, the act was hailed in some quarters as a major innovation. Of course, such a practice has been an artistic device used by the Chinese for many centuries. Chinese writing, or calligraphy, as it is known, is considered one of the highest forms of art in China, and the best of Chinese artists have used it as a means of expression.

To a Westerner, there seems to be a lot of repetition in the shapes, but a discerning eye will perhaps catch changes and differences here and there. Viewing a collection like this requires patience, but our vision is sharpened by the experience. The essence of calligraphy is its eloquence, grace and rhythm, characteristics that have been ideals for many modernists. What we realize in seeing a show like this is that the Chinese are so much better at manifesting these qualities than many 20th century artists.

Number of pieces: 30 works mounted on foam board and shrink wrapped and a panel on ancient script.
Space Required:
90 linear feet.
Security: Moderate
Exhibit Fee:
$700.00 plus one-way shipping and insurance
Exhibit Period:
Six weeks, longer periods can be arranged

For more information, please contact
Paul Sorel
Director, New England Center for Contemporary Art
Tel: (860) 774-8899

P.O. Box 302, 7 Putnam Place, Brooklyn, CT 06234

New England Center for the Contemporary Arts PO Box 302 7 Putnam Place Brooklyn,CT 06234 Tel. (860) 774-8899