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Posts by Rona Conti

What is Shihan and is Ranking Important in Calligraphy?

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The title Shihan is conferred upon people who have reached the level of mastery in calligraphy which certifies them to teach. There is much confusion about this title for many reasons including that the title is used in Japanese martial arts as an honorific for expert or senior instructors. The renowned online dictionary by Jim…

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When You Discount Your Art, Are You Only Losing Money?

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My first solo exhibition was held in a large open architected space. It was easy to see my paintings at a distance and up close, the venue was excellent. I was graduating from Antioch College, the year was 1964. I hung the work, a range of large and somewhat smaller paintings and made a price…

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What Calligraphy Teachers Never Told You About The Nitten

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Is scandal possible in the world of Japanese calligraphy? The Nitten, the largest annual fine arts exhibition in Japan and currently attended by about 175,000 visitors, has admitted to rigging exhibition results for the screening of the 2009 section “seal engraving” within the calligraphy section of the exhibition for that year. Further research resulted in…

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The Art of Japanese Calligraphy

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What is the art of Japanese calligraphy at its essence? Descriptions abound, but to see, to feel, to view through the lens of a Madrid photographer and filmmaker captivated by the process is to enter fully into the experience. Music accompaniment with only a few words for identification makes for a ten minute view from…

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Ink painting, Sumi-e, Suibokuga and Calligraphy Exhibition in Tokyo

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An exhibition organized by Master Yakata Ransui (矢形嵐酔), President and Founder of ICCPS, was held in Tokyo from June 3rd to June 9th. Ink painting, sumi-e, suibokuga and Japanese and Chinese calligraphy were presented. The International Chinese Calligraphic Art & Chinese Ink Painting Artist Society, with Ransui Yakata as President and General Director, has head…

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