Lecture with Peter Charles Sturman: Xu Wei’s Calligraphy in Jail
31st Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Art
Copresented with the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
Xu Wei (1521–1593) was an avant-garde artist who took the medium of brush and ink to wild extremes by flirting with pure abstraction. He was arguably even more masterful in calligraphy, capable of writing in a range of styles that display a ceaselessly inventive mind. Xu Wei was a scholar, a master prose writer, a poet of startling originality, and a playwright. But he was also prone to fits of mental instability, spending seven years in jail in the middle of his life. Sturman’s lecture gives context to Xu’s surviving works of calligraphy and offers insights into the artist’s creativity in confinement.
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