Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing
Spanning two millennia and including nearly 150 works of art, this elegant book traces the history of Korean calligraphy from the first century to the present.
Offering an extraordinary window into Korean culture, Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing brings a multidisciplinary approach to the history of Korean writing – from the earliest texts from the Three Kingdoms period to its use in contemporary art.
This volume discusses the social and cultural conditions that led to the creation of calligraphic works by a wide range of people, including kings, queens, officials, scholars, painters, monks, and even slaves. It also explores the variety of materials employed in the creation of the art – from paper, ink, and bamboo to ceramics, silk, and metal. In addition, it looks at how calligraphy was used both to maintain Korea's historical class structure and, as literacy spread, to incite social change for women, merchants, and other segments of society.
Design: Lorraine Wild and Xiaoqing Wang
Size: 225x325mm Pages: 432