Spanning millennia and including nearly 150 works of art, this elegant book traces the history of Korean calligraphy from prehistory to the present.
Offering an extraordinary window into Korean culture, this magnificent volume brings a multidisciplinary approach to the history of Korean writingfrom the earliest texts from the Three Kingdoms period to its use in contemporary art. Beyond Line discusses the social and cultural conditions that led to the creation of calligraphic works by a wide range of people, including kings, queens, scholar-officials, painters, monks, and even slaves. It also explores the variety of materials employed in the creation of the artfrom paper, ink, and bamboo to ceramics, silk, and metal. In addition, it looks at how calligraphy was used both to maintain Koreas historical class structure and, as literacy spread, to incite social change for women, merchants, and other segments of society. The authors explore how the invention of the hangeul phonetic script led to a more global identity for Korea, and how this script continues to shape contemporary art and design. Beyond Line illuminates the beauty, strength, and historical significance of calligraphy in Korean culture.