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Title

Uta-55

1990

Artist

Itō Handoku

Japan

1948 –

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Uta gojû-go
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut and screenprint
    Edition
    4/10
    Dimensions
    42.0 x 86.0 cm image; 48.0 x 93.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "(illeg.) 90".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    426.1993
    Artist information
    Itō Handoku

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Ito was born in Shizuoka Prefecture, educated at the Tokyo University of Art and Design, and now resides in Chiba Prefecture. The word 'uta' means a poem, an ode or a song, and Ito has been working on this serially numbered theme for a while. Although in this series he is exploring the 'twists and turns' of his own mind, a print such as this unwittingly serves as an apt expression of the urban bonsai. For Ito the bonsai is the condensed expression of Japanese spiritual culture. His prints presuppose the discipline and technical mastery that precedes spiritual understanding in all Japanese arts, whether calligraphy, flower arranging or swordsmanship.

    Appropriate to a modern world in which artificial materials have usurped the natural, Ito's smooth metallic-type bars with the keenness of sword blades, have the contrived placement of a bonsai in its pot. As with other artists, Ito celebrates the artificial, the simulated and the urban environment replete with its man-made materials. As in traditional ikebana, and in modern sculpture, architecture and urban planning, the space, or interval (in Japanese 'ma') is an important element in his composition.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 36.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication