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Eastern Calligraphy


B4081. Heart of the Brush / Tanahashi
B4081. Heart of the Brush: The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy by Kazuaki Tanahashi. 2016. 390pp. 7"x10". Paper

This book is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the history and art of calligraphy as it’s been practiced for centuries in China, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia. It is a beginner guide to developing an appreciation for Asian calligraphy and for giving Asian calligraphy-creation a try. It is also for those who just wants to browse through and exult in lovely examples.
The heart of the book, “Master Samples and Study,” presents 150 characters—from “action” to “zen”—each in a two-page spread. On each verso page the character is presented in three different styles, each one chosen for its beauty and identified by artist when possible. The character’s meaning, pronunciation (in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese), etymology, the pictograph from which it evolved, and other notes of interest are included. At the bottom of the page the stroke order is shown: the sequence of brush movements, numbered in their traditional order. On each facing recto page is Kaz’s own interpretation of the character, full page.




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B3978. Dishu: Ground Calligraphy in China / Chastenet
B3978. Dishu: Ground Calligraphy in China by Francois Chastenet. 2013. 320pp. 6.25"x9.5". Paper

This photographic essay documents the practice of dishu, ephemeral calligraphy written on the pavement using clear water as ink. This practice originated in a north Beijing park in the 1990s and soon spread to most major Chinese cities. Thousands of anonymous street calligraphers operate daily in Chinese parks and streets. Their monumental scale letterings are based on classic Chinese literature, poetry, and aphorisms, and range from static and regular to highly cursive styles. Because of the scale, writing is with the whole body; it is a physical and visual dance.




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B3898. Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy
The Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy: Create Your Own Chinese Characters and Symbols for Good Fortune and Prosperity by Qu Lei Lei. 2002.128pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover

First the book provide a bit of history and then discusses brushes, ink, paper and ink stones. Next it presents the strokes in style groups (dot, horizontal, vertical, thook, raise, aside, right falling, bend) and in characters. Projects include fans (flat,folded, crescent), cards, hangings, shirts, seals & paper cutting. The last section has 100 Western first names and proverbs to use.

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CR7-1. Calligraphy Review Vol.7, No.1
Calligraphy Review: Vol 7, No 1

Brush Vision
  by Kazuaki Tanahashi
Music to Be Seen: Ulfert Wilke
  by Michael Gullick
Deputy Serifs and Other Characters of the Old West
  by Alastair Johnson
The Lessons of My Youth: The Memory of My Father
  by Wang Hui-Ming
Ideas About Letters
  by Arne Wolf
Ninety Years On
  by Ann Camp
Book Reviews: Illumination for Modern Calligraphers: Practical Ideas from Nineteenth-century Handbooks
Brushwriting: Calligraphy Techniques for Beginners
Sho: Japanese Calligraphy
Calligraphic Designs
Cover Artist: Hans Schmidt



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CR7-2. Calligraphy Review Vol.7, No.2
Calligraphy Review: Vol 7, No 2

More on Book Jacket Design
  by Irving Bogen
Jiun Sonja: Master Calligrapher in Japanese, Chinese and Sanskrit
  by Stephen Addiss
Adolf Bernd
  by Kurt Eitelbach
Movie Sign Art in Taiwan
  by Keith W Strandberg
The Housekeeping Book
  by Linda Lanza
A Sign and a Witness: 2,000 Years of Hebrew Books and Illuminated Manuscripts
  by Leila Avrin
Book Reviews: Calligraphy Today
Words of Risk: The Art of Thomas Ingmire
Basics of Lefthanded Calligraphy
Paper Pleasures: The creative guide to papercraft
Cover Artist: Arne Wolf



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LR12-4. Letter Arts Review Vol.12, No.4
Letter Arts Review Volume 12 No. 4.

The Essence of Letters: The Father Catich Slates at Wichita State University
  by Bill Jackson
If One Only Knew What Calligraphy Is!
  by Hans-Joachim Burgert
Against the Grain: Archie Granot, Papercut Innovator
  by Mordechai Beck
Caressing the Elephant: Or Just What is An Artist's Book Anyway?
  by Adela Spindler Roatcap
Devotion & Desire: Views of Women in the Middle Ages & Renaissance
  by Adam S. Cohen
Written on the Body: A Collaboration Between Peter Greenaway & Brody Neuenschwander
  by Karyn L. Gilman
Foundations of Calligraphy: Part 4 Minuscule to Black Letter
  by Shiela Waters
Book Reviews: Twentieth Century Type Designers
Typographers on Type
Letter Jesters
Cover Artist: Peter Greenaway



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LR23-3. Letter Arts Review Vol.23, No.3
Letter Arts Review Vol.23 No.3

An interview with Luca Barcellona
  By Christopher Calderhead
Ghost Ranch
  By Sharon Zeugin
Tsubasa Kimura
  By Christine Flint Sato
Projects: An alphabet stone for the Rochester Institute of Technology
  By Nick Benson
Briefly Noted: Words & Healing
  by Anna Pinto
Closing shot: A Chinese Book
  by Christopher Calderhead
Cover Artist: Laura Wait

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LR26-1. Letter Arts Review Vol.26, No.1
Letter Arts Review Vol.26, No.1

The editor's letter: Patterns of language
Briefly noted: A map by Dan Mooney
Thomas Ingmire and Manuel Neri: Visual conversation
by Bruce Nixon
Marian Bantjes: The rational ornamentalist
by J. Lynn Fraser
The restoration and conservation of Japanese calligraphy
by Christine Flint-Sato
cover artist
A conversation with Barbara Wolff
by Holly Cohen
An appeal for the inkstone craftsmen of Ogatsu
by Christine Flint-Sato


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