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japan Haku Maki huge fish draft

japan Haku Maki huge fish draft

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Work 73-56 L (fish). This is the second of Maki’s three huge prints that I have owned. This is Work 73-56 L (fish). Several aspects of this image are intriguing. My archive of Maki prints reveals that Maki produced over 100 different images in 1973. I have been able to account for many of them: 1 to 50 and 99 to 110. I had never known what went in the middle. Now I know at least one was work 73-56, the third huge print that Maki did. It is 3 x 6 feet. All the others—73-57 to 73-98—remain to be revealed by others. This print is laudable not only for its huge size. The third of Maki‘s thee huge prints, it lacks a sun or moon or even a color splash. Frame 12 shows the black splash. The space is admirably taken up by the calligraphy of the character. One colleague says that the image reminds him of a whale. Indeed, not a minnow, to be sure. Sometimes I think it is not just one fish but a school of fish swimming up stream, each brush stroke being a fish in itself. It is so vivid that Maki must have felt, 40 years ago when he did it, that it did not need a sun or moon. Between Work 73-60 and 73-100 we have no record of any print appearing. Since our records are good but unable to create prints, we suspect Maki did all these images but they are yet to appear. Where are they hiding? One friend suggests the brown stain on the print is not coffee; Minckler also feels it is not coffee, some dark liquid if not what is it? I will know in a few days. Where did this print spend its life? One friend has suggested that, since it surfaced in Tokyo framed, it spent lts life in Japan. If so, the story is curious and curious-er. I suspect it spent most of its life in the US and for some reason it returned to Japan where it was sold at an auction there for a song and some one made a mint selling it to this Olde Man in Beijing. Gomenasai my eye. I am grateful to Michael Minckler for the photos of the print he is restoring. Frame 1 image shows curling, which occurred in shipping and will disappear not paper separation dt the print back side up in Minckler’s studio It is clean – no more stain voila