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Japanese Lithographic Print


by Takahashi Rikio, 1965

IHL Cat. #720

About This Print

This is the only lithograph by Takahashi that I have seen, all of his other print work employing woodblock. He created it in 1965 at the legendary studios of Ken Tyler, owner of Gemini Ltd.  "Tyler established the print workshop Gemini Ltd. in 1965 and set out to work with the very best artists of his day, promising them: ‘Here is a workshop, there are no rules, no restrictions, do what you want to do.’"1

Source: National Gallery of Australia website, http://www.ngashop.com.au/InternationalPrints/Tyler/DEFAULT.cfm?MnuID=2&ArtistIRN=22711&List=True
"Takahashi’s collaboration with Kenneth Tyler followed a strong tradition of artistic exchange between America and Japan in the post-war period. Titled Nest, the print in the NGA collection was produced at the Gemini workshop in 1965. It is representative of Takahashi’s typical mode of abstraction, with depth created by tonal layers and the image vaguely reminiscent of the natural forms Takahashi found so inspiring." - Gwen Horsfield, 2008

The Kenneth Tyler Archive Collection
Source: International Print Center of New York website  http://www.ipcny.org/info/info_printPublisherArchives.html
The Kenneth Tyler Archive Collection consists of over 7,000 editioned prints, screens, paperworks, illustrated books and multiples, along with rare or unique proofs and drawings held at the National Gallery of Australia.
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National Gallery of Australia Impressions
lithograph three colour Impression: right to print
Edition: unknown
comp 55.0 h x 44.0 w cm
Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.1196
© Gemini Ltd / Kenneth E. Tyler
Raisonné #160)

Nest 1965
Print, planographic;Technique: colour lithograph
Support: white, wove, mouldmade, paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: lower left "BFK"; lower right "Rives"
Impression: Gemini impression I
Publisher: Gemini Ltd;Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1965
Edition Notes: Colours printed: dark brown, mid-brown and tan.
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right, pencil "Rikio Takahashi '65"
Secondary Insc: inscribed lower centre, pencil "nest" inscribed lower left, pencil "Gemini Limited Imp. I"
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower left, Gemini Ltd chop verso: inscribed lower left, pencil "131"
comp 42.4 h x 53.2 w cm; sheet 56.4 h x 76.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: no documentation found
Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002;Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1537
© Gemini Ltd / Kenneth E. Tyler

1 National Gallery of Australia website http://nga.gov.au/InternationalPrints/Tyler/Default.cfm?MnuID=10

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #720
 Title Nest  巣
 Series n/a
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Pencil signed by artist - Rikio Takahashi in English
 Seal none
 Date 1965
 Edition 14 of 35
embossed lower right, Gemini Ltd
Gemini Ltd., Los Angeles, California
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - paper abrasion corners verso, not visible from front; 1/2" tear in paper lower left margin repaired from verso
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous lithograph, 3-color; Paper: BFK Rives, white, wove, mouldmade
 H x W Paper 22 1/8 x 27 1/4 in. (56.2 x 69.2 cm)
 H x W Image 
 Collections This Print National Gallery of Australia NGA 73.1196 (Impression: "right to print") and NGA 2002.1.1537 ("Gemini Limited Imp. I"); Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.68.72.27
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 134 number 160
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