Start Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:00:01 PM
End Sunday, July 3, 2016 8:00:00 PM
-- Featured Items in This Auction --
(1) Works by Yoshisuke FUNASAKA ... Finally the summer is coming. Along with the strong sunshine and the blue sky, the humidity and the hot temperature engulf many countries including Japan. The cool "Freshness" is particularly important in this climate. So, we wanted to present the wonderful series by Yoshisuke FUNASAKA, who has been pursuing the thema, "FRESHNESS", ever since 1960s. You can see several of his works and prints from the series, "Lemon Black and White" in this auction.
(2) 68820 ... Very popular American artist Clifton Karhu. This time, his modern rendition of the traditional house in Kanazawa. A print 67900 from His whimsical "Love" series in etching.
(3) 67680 ... Splendid Japanese motives are placed in the pitch black environment by Shuji WAKO.
(4) 67540 ... From the series, "Altamira", a wild Wild sea otter is chasing a fleeing octopus. Hideo TAKEDA featured large animal skeletons in lively movement in often humorous setting.
The period of art printmaking in Japan after the World War II is characterized by an openness towards the rest of the world. In this, the Japanese artists were pretty successful and soon dominated international print exhibitions. Although Western printmaking techniques like etching, mezzotint and silkscreen printing have been used by Japan's young artist generations, the many contemporary artists still work in the traditional woodblock printmaking technique that has made Japanese print art famous all over the world.
-- YouTube VIDEO -- Have you ever wondered how Japanese "washi" paper was made? "Washi" has been used in diverse purposes, not only for the traditional Japanese woodblock prints, but also for the exquisitely made decorative wrapping paper, such as the one showcased by lot # 67680 by Shuji WAKO. Now, in the contemporary art, many artists incorporate various types of "washi" paper for their unique art works.
Shuji Wako - Symbolism in Darkness | Auction Catalog