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Square Words, Round Paradigms: 

Contemporary Calligraphy in China

by eric wear

As they rewrite a millennia-old canon, avant-garde artists are still catching up to the original interactive medium of calligraphy

TSANG TSOU-CHOI, untitled street art, Hong Kong. 

The phenomenon of the 1979 Democracy Wall in Beijing now seems surreal, considering the vast social and economic changes that have taken place in China since then. But there, for a brief period, citizens gathered to read and comment upon layers of large posters painted in bold ink on all kinds of scrap and newspaper, each…

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