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Kurita Masahiro, Japanese, b. 1952
"lmagio & Poetica" #23 Back Alley in Nostalgia, 2005
Woodblock print on paper
8 11/16 x 7 .1 inchesin. (22.1 x 18.03 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood Engraving
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2021.1.23


Commentary
From the album series, "lmagio and Poetics", which showcased Masahiro Kurita's "koguchi-mokuhan• prints accompanied by
his poems and essays. Size of the closed booklet is 180 x 220 mm.
This booklet contains two prints. (1) A print featuring the front of Ginnan (Ginkgo fruit) book store. He found a wonderful used
book, which contained an illustration made in "koguchi-mokuhan• technique. Size of Image Area: 62 x 82 mm. (2) "Natsukashiki
Roji Ura" (Back Alley in Nostalgia). A small cafe at a back alley, which the artist used to visit. Size of Image Area: 93 x 125 mm.
"Wood-engraving" (Koguchi-mokuhan in Japanese) uses the end-grain of hard wood instead of the side-grain. ft can create very
detailed, albeit rather small, designs. Not many artists use this difficult wood block printing method nowadays.

Marks
"Mas Kurita" is signed in pencil on the lower margin.

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