New softcover, with NO marks or flaws; no sign of wear. Very clean and presentable. Softcover exhibition catalogue; 32 pages. Illustrated. Published to coincide with an exhibit of the ink paintings of Tong Yang-tze at Goedhuis Contemporary Gallery, New York, in April, 2004.
The publisher's website offers the following biographical information about the artist: Inspired by philosophical works like the Tao Te Ching and texts from Confucius and Mencius, Tong creates powerful calligraphic works in cursive style (caoshu) that reach toward the extremes of abstraction. Characters are dramatically distorted but usually remain decipherable so that there is sustained dialogue between content and style, meaning and autonomous gesture. Variations in the width and character of the lines/strokes serve to sustain the effect of movement generated in the execution of each character and contribute to dramatic overall visual effects.Tong’s works – titled with the phrase calligraphed – are not only visually beautiful but are also profound in content.