Learning Index >> Calligraphy: an education in letter form

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Billeter, Jean Francois. The Chinese Art of Writing, Skira/Rizzoli 1990.
Translated from the French, a serious book on all aspects of Chinese Calligraphy. The author is interested in the philosophy of art embodied in aspects of Chinese tradition.

T. Wilcox (Ed.), Spring Lines, Ditchling Museum, 2002
Catalogue of an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy from China, Japan, the Arab world and the West, with essays on each of these movements.

Kraus, Richard. Brushes with Power, Modern Politics and the Art of Chinese Calligraphy, UCP 1991. Explores the complex relationship between modernity and tradition in contemporary China through the window of calligraphy, used as a tool of political patronage.

Sato-Flint, Christine. Japanese Calligraphy: the Art of Line & Space, Kaifusha 1999. Clear introduction to the aesthetics of Japanese calligraphy by a student of Seika Kawabe of the avant garde school. The book is structured around the critical terms/concepts he used in class to evaluate work.

Schimmel, Annemarie. Calligraphy and Islamic Culture, Tauris 1990.
Sets calligraphy within the context of the poetry, history and mysticism of Islam, note 5 on page 161 gives a useful survey of the literature on Islamic calligraphy.

Safadi Y.H. Islamic Calligraphy, Thames & Hudson 1978.
Broad survey of Islamic calligraphy in a number of media.



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