In 1971 Haku Maki produced this large print, Poem 71-25. It was an edition of 100. This new arrival was produced in Tokyo and went ultimately to Florida in the US. It stayed there for a long time. In the course of its life there it was not treated nicely: It was folded in two places. The print had foxing, it had many ailments. Then it finally made it to my restorer. It had challenges there too: some liquid spilled on it, forcing a delay in the restoration process. It was painstakingly and carefully restored to its original beauty but it now tells a story a brand new print could not tell. It stayed in Oregon for six months. Then it finally left and zoomed out to me in Beijing. It arrived without warning. It is a very dramatic print It is a very Big Red and it appears very rarely. 21” x 32” 63/100
The red ink looks as if it were put on in thick strips, separate from the paper, and the "black sun” is shimmering.
The last three frames show how this print looked at the time of purchase.