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For Thee-N
  • Shinoda Tōkō
    born 1913
    born: Dalian, Japanese Empire (present-day Liaoning province, China) ; active: Japan
  • For Thee-N, 1988, Showa period (1926–1989)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color lithograph
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 426 x 557 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 16 3/4 x 21 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 24 x 32 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1990.0061
Label Text

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Internationally famous, Shinoda Tōkō is one of the most important artists to emerge in Japan after World War II. She began as a traditional painter in brush and ink and then turned to lithography, a medium rarely used by Japanese artists. In remarkable fashion, she transmits the energy and subtlety of the Japanese brush to the lithography plate, upon which she directly creates her sweeping brushstrokes. Each print then becomes a dramatic record of her original gestures, as well as a contemporary abstract image.

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Shinoda began as a traditional Japanese calligrapher using brush and ink, but then turned to more abstract forms of painting and lithography. Her origins are evident in both of these prints. In For Thee N, bold calligraphic strokes forcefully race from left to right, gracefully balanced by wispy gold and green highlights. Shinoda loves to experiment with contrasting textures, colors, and negative/positive spaces-- as in Verse G where shimmering translucent shapes and lines have been juxtaposed against a dense black background.