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New York Confidential

Here is a brief overview of temporary exhibitions of interest to
calligraphers and book artists scheduled this Fall in New York:

Xu Bing. Tilton Gallery, 49 Greene Street. Through Oct. 10. Xu Bing, a
member of the younger generation of Chinese post-modernists, has been
denounced in China as "a ghost banging on the walls." His use of Chinese
characters in installations is brilliantly disruptive.

Drawings by Pierre Bonnard. Wildenstein Gallery, 16 East 64th Street.
Through Oct. 12. On the whole, the drawings on display (meant to
complement the Bonnard show at the Museum of Modern Art), are not of the
highest quality. However, a few sketches for initials are interesting, and
one, a sketch for an "historiated" Q, is fascinating.

Shiko Munakata: Modern Master of Woodblock Art. Japan Society, 333 E. 47
St. through Sept. 27. Munakata was arguably the greatest Japanese woodcut
artist of this century. A number of woodcut sutras and a pair of
free-brushwork drawings (one a large character, the other a landscape),
demonstrate a fine understanding of the dynamics of calligraphy and

Letters in Gold: Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakip Sabanci Collection,
Istanbul. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 81st Street.
September 11-December 13.

Grolier Club. 47 E. 60th st. Selections from the Bridewell Library: the
Kelmscott Chaucer, the Doves Press Bible, the Ashenden Dante. After
November 14: Manuscripts from the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbuttel.

Paul Werner, New York City

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