Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

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Vol. 55 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2019

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 55 | 2019

The Kwanyin Clan: Modern Literati Graffiti Writers
An Aesthetic and Text Analysis of their Main Artworks

Adriana Iezzi
Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italia
adriana.iezzi2@unibo.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/013

Submitted 18 Mar 2019
Accepted 24 Jun 2019

Abstract

After illustrating the varied artistic production of the Kwanyin Clan, one of the most important Chinese graffiti crews, this paper analyses six of their main artworks in detail (styles, techniques, aesthetic conceptions and artworks texts). In these artworks, the Kwanyin Clan tried for the first time to merge Euro-American graffiti practice with the ancient traditional arts practiced and appreciated by the Chinese literati (calligraphy, poetry, painting, seals and ceramics). Comparing the Kwanyin Clan members to ‘modern literati writers’, the present article shows how this crew succeeded in reinventing ancient Chinese art forms using Euro-American graffiti vocabulary, paving the way for a new development of graffiti art in China.

Keywords
Kwanyin Clan. Graffiti. Contemporary Chinese art. Chinese literati. ‘Three perfections’.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Iezzi Adriana

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The Kwanyin Clan: Modern Literati Graffiti Writers

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/013

dc.description.abstract

After illustrating the varied artistic production of the Kwanyin Clan, one of the most important Chinese graffiti crews, this paper analyses six of their main artworks in detail (styles, techniques, aesthetic conceptions and artworks texts). In these artworks, the Kwanyin Clan tried for the first time to merge Euro-American graffiti practice with the ancient traditional arts practiced and appreciated by the Chinese literati (calligraphy, poetry, painting, seals and ceramics). Comparing the Kwanyin Clan members to ‘modern literati writers’, the present article shows how this crew succeeded in reinventing ancient Chinese art forms using Euro-American graffiti vocabulary, paving the way for a new development of graffiti art in China.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

dc.relation.ispartof

Vol. 55 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2019

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2019-06-27

dc.dateAccepted

2019-03-18

dc.dateSubmitted

2019-06-24

dc.identifier.issn

1125-3789

dc.identifier.eissn

2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Kwanyin Clan

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Graffiti

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Contemporary Chinese art

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Chinese literati

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‘Three perfections’

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