Song of Eight Drinking Immortals – Calligraphy Demonstration by Tang Qingnian

Nov. 4, 2018

Contemporary artist Tang Qingnian 唐慶年 demonstrates his calligraphy, which enlivens past traditions with a modern aesthetic sensibility. Originally from Beijing, Tang was at the forefront of China's "New Wave" art movement in the 1980s before relocating to the United States. The artist uses cursive script to write the “Song of Eight Drinking Immortals 飲中八仙歌,” a poem composed by the Tang-dynasty poet Du Fu 杜甫 (712–770). 

 

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