Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Exhibitions

Abstraction and Expression in Chinese Calligraphy
  • Abstraction and Expression in Chinese Calligraphy
  • 17-Jan-1998 - 08-Mar-1998
  • Kress Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
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Description

This exhibition presents 17 works of calligraphy that span the period from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) to the present day, drawn from the collection of H. Christopher Luce. Many Chinese characters are pictographs, simplified depictions of objects which appear abstract to the modern Western eye. The show demonstrates how great calligraphic art has interesting resonances with modern art-- such as the imagery of Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Joan Miro, and Brice Marden-- suggesting that a similar aesthetic impulse may be shared by artists of different times and different cultures. Organized by H. Christopher Luce and the China Institute in America. All works in the exhibition are from the collection of H. Christopher Luce.