Decoding the Secrets of Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphy, wrote scholar Chiang Yee, has “the beauty of plastic movement, not of designed and motionless shapes.” But as a boy growing up in Taipei, Jerry Yang, who had to take the bus with his calligraphy kit to classes, didn't see that beauty — only the tedium and repetition of practicing the strokes, copying ancient texts, and grinding the ink.

But now, the co-founder of Yahoo gets great joy from the ancient art of pen and ink, both as a practitioner and a collector. Yang started collecting calligraphies after a Chinese friend suggested that, as someone immersed in technology, it would be interesting to collect ancient works of art. Now 40 pieces of Yang's collection goes on display at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum.

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