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Emma/Woodcut (2002)
But here, Yasu Shibata — a master at drawing, carving and printing—did everything himself.  Says Shibata, “I think Emma is the biggest Japanese style woodblock ever made.
Shibata presented proofs to Close along the way.  Close used his deeply ingrained knowledge of how colors work together to help steer him.  These projects required Close to relinquish a lot of control,  in keeping with the centuries-old tradition of Japanese printmaking collaboration. Ukiyo-eliterally means “pictures of the floating world. The term originally referred to late 17th century Japanese images of the “floating world”—ephemeral pleasures from daily life like cherry blossoms or fashionable clothing.  But their beautiful appearance became so famous that ukiyo-e now refers generally to this type of water-based woodblock print. 
Shibata worked on this print for nearly three years. Close teased him, “You know, the painting only took three months to make. Without missing a beat Shibata replied, “And I have been looking at this picture longer than Chuck.

Title: Emma, 2002
Process: 120-color woodblock ukiyo-e print
Size: 43 x 35"
Edition: 55
Printer: Pace Editions, Inc., New York (Yasu Shibata)
Publisher: Pace Editions, Inc., New York
Part of Exhibition: Yes

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