Aug 26, 2021

Haiga Portfolio

Haiga Portfolio

1966–67

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Stanton Macdonald-Wright

(American, 1890-1973)

printer

Clifton Karhu

(American, 1927-2007)

Portfolio of 20 color woodcut prints housed in Japanese style wooden box

Gift of the Estate of Stanton and Jean Macdonald-Wright 2021.152

Edition: edition of 50

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The artist wrote of the works in this portfolio: “I have attempted to pictorialize these haiku psychologically and thus complete the verses by making the illustrations as modern as the verses will always remain.”

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Modernist painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright developed the Haiga Portfolio out of his admiration for haiga, the traditional art of haiku illustration. Produced in Japan using a traditional Japanese printmaking technique (ukiyo-e), the artist challenged the typically minimalist, black-and-white approach to haiku illustration. While many of the works in the portfolio employ the lively colors and patterns of Synchromism—an art movement MacDonald-Wright founded in 1910 seeking to apply color theory to music and rhythm—others are more contemplative, while still retaining a connection to abstract modernist optics.

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