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Title

Kitayama cedars

1990

Artist

Miyake Yasubumi

Japan

1937 –

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Kitayama sugi
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    screenprint
    Edition
    2/28
    Dimensions
    46.0 x 46.0 cm image; 60.0 x 60.0 cm sheet;
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Y. Miyake". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    442.1993
    Copyright
    © MIYAKE Yasubumi

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    Miyake Yasubumi

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  • About

    Miyake is a Tokyo artist whose work exemplifies the piquant Japanese feeling for graphic design. In this clever image he has taken two 'kanji' (Chinese characters) and used them as the basis of his composition. The character for 'colour' is used for the green trees while the character for 'cryptomeria' appears in white serried rows across the green ground. The print reflects the artist's witty skill with typography in the repetitiveness and seemingly random placement of the 'kanji'. The beauty, versatility and layered meaning of 'kanji' are particularly exploited by graphic designers of Japan who can produce succinct yet devastatingly effective designs using only 'kanji' in ways as imaginative and varied as Miyake's.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 61.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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