Chinese calligraphy long considered the most sublime art form in china is like a carefully choreographed dance precision balance poetry rhythm its all there in perfect harmony. Chinese calligraphy was born more than three thousand years ago the earliest forms of writing were laborious to create and over time different ways of writing known as script types evolved in some cases for the sake of efficiency and in others for the sake of legibility. What defines a masterwork this exhibition on view at the asian art museum from october 5 2012 january 13 2013 focuses on fifteen masterpieces supported by twenty five additional works of the . What defines a masterwork of calligraphy out of character a collaborative effort from leading chinese and us scholars tries to answer this question by focusing on fifteen calligraphic masterpieces. Out of character decoding chinese calligraphy edited by michael knight and joseph z chang 2012 asian art museum of san francisco 352 pages
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