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Eastern Spirit, Western World: A Profile of Diana Kan.

EASTERN SPIRIT, WESTERN WORLD: A PROFILE OF DIANA KAN (30 minutes), features sequences of the artist at work in her studio. Kan, a master in the art of Chinese brash painting, recounts the major influences in her creative life. She describes her childhood in China, where her father tutored her in the art of calligraphy and tells of her artistic apprenticeship with the legendary Chang Dai Chen, who encouraged her to explore the world of Western art. With her remarkable "dancing brush" and calligraphic line, the artist demonstrates how nature's forms are used to express an ancient philosophy that has relevance in contemporary life. At the heart of Kan's story is the very personal journey of an artist whose life and work exemplify a link between the past and present, and between different cultures that can enhance and strengthen each other through their differences.

This unique and intriguing videotape is ideal for middle school through adult audiences. It is available in the VHS format (sale $150; rental $30) from Indiana University, Audio-Visual Center, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5901.
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Publication:School Arts
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Date:May 1, 1991
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