[I-House Academy] Taction: The Drama of the Stylus in Oriental Calligraphy

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  • Lecturer: Ishikawa Kyuyoh, Calligrapher; Professor, Kyoto Seika University
  • Moderator: Waku Miller, Translator; Director of Lapisworks
  • Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:30 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ Members: Free)
  • Language: Japanese/English (with simultaneous translation)
Calligraphy has evolved over the centuries as the prime conduit of culture in the kanji civilizations of East Asia. It has fulfilled a cultural role in the Orient, argues Ishikawa Kyuyoh, comparable to that of classical music in the West. Ishikawa is a leading artist in the vanguard of contemporary calligraphy. He is also an award-winning author of iconoclastic books about calligraphic theory and history. In his I-House Academy presentation, he will discuss about the evolution of East Asian calligraphy.

Ishikawa Kyuyoh

Ishikawa KyuyohIshikawa Kyuyoh took an interest in calligraphy’s aesthetic possibilities as a child in Fukui Prefecture, where he was born in 1945. He has exhibited widely and earned recognition for his boldly original work. His thought-provoking commentary on calligraphy became available in English with the 2011 publication of Taction: The Drama of the Stylus in Oriental Calligraphy (I-House Press). It has recently received the Japan Society of Translators’ Special Translation Award for 2011.