Most of the time labels confine the work of art and crudely points the viewer in a direction that precludes imagination. Strangely enough this time attaching a label to the Japanese scrolls will achieve quite the opposite. Look at these scrolls as “works on paper”, this is what most of them are. Suddenly, your imagination is flooded with known images of works on paper – Renaissance brown ink drawings, graphite on paper by Menzel, conte crayon on paper by Seurat, or Ed Ruscha’s lithograph, Domestic Tranquility.  The words “works on paper” spurred a journey through a series of familiar pieces. At the end of the journey lays this scroll. As you come back to the work in front of you – for example two burdock roots in sumi ink on paper by an 18th century monk in Japan – your dialogue with it starts to have a different dimension. The work is quietly awaiting and inviting you to engage without the need of many words.
  • Saigyoku-fu 1934
  • Designer : Doto Omaru
  • Publisher : Uchida Bijutsu Shoki, Kyoto