C. 1967 Norio Azuma "Image No.7." Color Serigraph
Norio Azuma . Color serigraph on canvas. c. 1967. Signed, titled and numbered 17/60
I'm delighted to be able to ... more Norio Azuma . Color serigraph on canvas. c. 1967. Signed, titled and numbered 17/60
I'm delighted to be able to offer a work by one of my favorite graphic artists of the mid-century modern era. Norio Azuma created screen prints on canvas that appear to be paintings at first glance. They are printed on canvas and varnished, like a painting. The ink is so thick that it gives the feel of collage.
Azuma, also an accomplished collector and well-known dealer of Japanese and Chinese art later in his career, admired the balance of chaos and order of Eastern wares, regular patterns juxtaposed irregularly, luscious color isolated from the color that should seemingly sit next door. Like pieces of a larger set that you have the urge to take in all at once but are forced to cherish one by one (taking a sip from that tea cup, picking up the silver fork, looking down onto the patterned plate which you lift to peek at the brilliant charger) Azuma's compositions evoke the meditative act that experience in the moment can be when expectation is set aside and each element is relished for what it brings, sensually.
The Associated American Artists (the publishers) label regarding his work, states:
"Serigraphy on canvas is a relatively new development in the evolution of printmaking. Azuma worked for two years perfecting this technique and has used up to 18 screens in printing his serigraphs. New York Times art critic, John Canaday, has described one of Azuma's serigraphs as 'so beautiful a manipulation of shape, color and texture that it eliminates my lingering objections to serigraphy as a technique.'"
Norio Azuma was born in Kii-Nagashima-cho, Japan on November 23, 1928. He attended the Kanazawa Art College in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. At some point he immigrated to the United States.
In the US Azuma continued his art studies at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and then at the Art Student's League in New York. Azuma worked as a printmaker, experimenting using the medium of screen printing (serigraphy) on canvas, then a relatively new development in the evolution of printmaking. Azuma worked for two years perfecting this technique and used up to 18 screens in printing his serigraphs.
New York Times art critic, John Canaday, once described one of Azuma's serigraphs as “so beautiful a manipulation of shape, color and texture that it eliminates my lingering objections to serigraphy as a technique.”
Azuma exhibited internationally, including: 30 Contemporary American Artists, USIA; 28th Corcoran Biennial Exhibition, Washington, DC; the 3rd International Triennial of Original Graphics; Contemporary American Artists at The White House; Sculputure and Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Kagai Sakka Ten at the Tokyo Modern Museum of Art; and American Art Today at the New York World's Fair.
Azuma’s original works can be found in major corporate and museum collections around the United States and abroad, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, University of Nebraska, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, State University of Potsdam, Smithsonian Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Library of Congress, Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Academy of Science, St. Louis Art Museum, M.I.T., University of California, Art Institute of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, IBM., New Jersey State Museum, Princeton University, USIA, Des Moines Art Center, Rosenwald Collection, Hirshhorn Museum, American Republic Insurance Co. Collection, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, Boston Public Library, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Chouinard Art Institute, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art and Kanazawa Art College.
Norio Azuma died in New York, New York February 4, 2004
Condition: Gorgeous. A few faint surface scratches. Frame has seen better days. less
- 24.0ʺW × 1.0ʺD × 20.0ʺH
- Excellent Minor wear consistent with age and history
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