Modern Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy
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Early manuscripts and religious texts in Japan were written in Chinese characters, which only scholars were generally able to read. As such, these manuscripts were not written for perusal but as a devotional or philosophical exercise. The texts themselves were thought to contain the magical power of prayer. In the modern era, especially from the post-war years, a number of artists echoed this approach, turning from the prescribed aesthetics of pre-modern calligraphy to an action painting style, in which reading the characters, and maintaining the integrity of their structure, took secondary importance to as the artist wrote it. Abstraction allowed for greater individualism of expression.

- Hollis Goodall, Curator, Japanese Art (2007)