Yahon Chang

Painting as Performance


Chinese Calligraphy meets Western Performance

This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2021.

ISBN: 9783775749190 Category:


In his paintings the Taiwanese artist Yahon Chang brings together traditional Chinese ink-wash painting and Western forms of artistic expression to produce a synthesis of East and West. Typically standing on large sheets of linen or Xuan paper and wielding a brush almost as long as he is tall, Chang creates works imbued with performative energy and characterized by large, sweeping brushstrokes. Drawing on Chinese literati and Zen (Chan) Buddhist traditions, the artist understands painting as an activity that connects body and mind. His entire body functions as an axis for these expressive paintings and is influenced by his training in calligraphy. This publication offers the first insight into the artist’s extensive oeuvre and includes exhibition views as well as accompanying texts.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 28.5 x 28.5 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 17 August 2021
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Britta Erickson and Nadine Barth, Text by Maria Rus Bojan, Britta Erickson, Maya Kóvskaya, Manu Park, and Antony Gormley
Dimensions 28.5 x 28.5 cm
Weight 300 g
YAHON CHANG (*1948) began his first calligraphy and painting lessons at the age of six and later studied at the National Taiwan University of Arts (1976) and the Taipei University of the Arts (2009). Having launched his career in Asia, he has also exhibited in Europe and the US since the early 2000s.