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The Art Thread


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Sep 5, 2011
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There have been several threads on different specific art subjects started here. But there's no general art thread for discussing the art we're into, collect, aspire to own etc. etc. etc.

I've been thinking about this recently because I've been matting and framing a number of pieces I've bought over the last couple of years. I'm mainly into Japanese woodblock prints, not so much the classic ukiyo-e artists like Hokusai, Hiroshige or Utagawa (although I do have a couple of Hiroshige's prints from recarved blocks), but more the modern artists associated with the Shin-hanga ("new prints") and Sosaku-Hanga ("creative prints") genres. The good thing about collecting prints is that it isn't super-expensive. I'm not bothered about exclusivity anyway.

Of the shin-hanga artists, everyone seems to love Hasui, but I like Toshi Yoshida. Of the ones I have by him, this is my favourite:

However I particularly like some of the more abstract sosaku hanga stuff, like this textural piece by perhaps my favourite late C20th printmaker, Haku Maki, which I just bought:

I also look out for some of the more unusual pieces connected to, but not directly part of, these movements - for example, the Austrian artist, Hundertwasser, lived in Japan for a number of years and learned woodblock printing techniques and made quite a few prints. He also worked with Japanese woodblock producers to create versions of some of his paintings. I've wanted one of these for year, and I finally managed to get hold of one for a reasonable price. This is 'Talk (or Conversation) in a Rain of Blood' (1997):

Finally, I'm also interested in contemporary First Nations artists, but I'll do a post on them another time.

Is there anyone else here who collects? Or would like to? What are you all into?

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