China Speaker Series

"Running Scripts in the Jin and Tang Era in China" by Kaizhi Tang (Shanghai University, China)

Time: Oct. 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Modern Languages 201, 532 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322

Free and open to the public

An important component of Chinese calligraphy, the running scripts (行书) dated back to the famous calligrapher Liu Desheng in the Han dynasty (202 BC – 220) and reached the zenith in the hands of calligraphy masters Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420). Wang Xizhi's principle of "adaptation based on the traditional styles” and Wang Xianzhi's practice of “transformation” made great contributions to the development of the running scripts. Since then, elegance and grace was blended into the plain style of the ancient times. The running scripts in Tang Dynasty (618-907) are represented by two schools: one inherited the style of the Two Wang’s, and the other was developed by Yan Zhenqing and Li Beihai, whose style is characterized by boldness, strength and grandness. Those practiced the running scripts in pre-modern China ranged from emperors and ranking imperial officials to well-known scholars. This lecture will focus on learning to appreciate the unique features of the running scripts and the basic steps in writing it.

About the speaker

Kaizhi Tang is a professor in the College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University. He earned a Ph.D. degree from China National Academy of Fine Arts, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Capital Normal University and a visiting scholar at Peking University. Tang attended the prestigious Shen Peng Painting and Calligraphy class at Chinese National Academy of Painting. He is a member of the Lanting Calligraphy Club and serves as Chairman of the Guangxi Young Calligraphers Association and Vice President and Secretary-general of the China-ASEAN Calligraphy Education Research Association.