Shikō Munakata - Editions & Works on Paper New York Monday, October 24, 2022 | Phillips
  • When Siko Munakata came to America, where he was given a large show at the Brooklyn Museum, I approached him to do some lithographs. Beate Gordon, who was working for the Japan Society, was his interpreter and friend. In his Riverside Drive apartment we all sat and talked. Munakata loved Walt Whitman, so when I said, 'I love Walt Whitman,' and pulled out a picture of Whitman that I carried in my wallet behind my mother's photo-that clinched it for me and him to work together. I'm a Brooklyn boy-and in Japan, Brooklyn means Walt Whitman. Munakata had touched the medium [lithography] once before in Japan with Arthur Flory. He was intrigued to do more. In 1965 we did twenty-four editions and in 1974 we did another twenty. Shiko had very little eye vision and did not speak English; we dialogued delightfully well through the lithographic medium. Through lithography he was looking at the chemistry in his art for the first time, unlike his form, the woodcut. The life quality that he could imagine as he looked into those washes was very exciting to him. Until his death in 1975 he was one of Japan's National Treasures. I had the pleasure of going to Japan and of being with him. I learned the meaning of bowing, the importance of the seal and its placement, of the spiritual moment. ... - Irwin Hollander, quoted in Life and Work: Thoughts of an Artist-Printer, A Conversation with Irwin Hollander

    • Literature

      Kodansha, The Complete Works of Shiko Munakata, Vol. 8, The World of Women (2), 1979, no. 87 (A Goddess with Raised Hands), and no. 88 (Dancing Goddess)

Property from the Irwin Hollander Family Collection


A Goddess with Raised Hands (Soukyohi no saku), and Dancing Goddess (Maihi no saku)

Two lithographs, on wove paper, with full margins.
both approx. I. 11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
both approx. S. 13 x 11 1/4 in. (33 x 28.6 cm)
overall 13 x 21 1/4 in. (33 x 54 cm)

Both signed in pencil (Shikō in Japanese, Munakata in English) and with the artist's red signature stamp in ink, published by Hollander Workshop, New York (with their blindstamp), framed together.

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 - 26 October 2022