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Ansei Uchima Signed 1968 “Flight” Limited Edition Woodblock


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An abstract woodblock print by the Japanese-American artist Ansei Uchima (1921-2000). Signed to the lower right and dated 1968, this work features blue shapes with a sail-shaped design above. Titled Flight, the print is numbered 13/30 and is displayed in a white mat and a black and gold tone wooden frame.

Born in Stockton, California, Uchima moved to Japan to study architecture at Waseda University in 1940. He eventually also began to study painting and printmaking. After WWII, Uchima worked as a translator for the American art collector, Oliver Statler. While working for Statler, he learned about the sosaku-hanga movement, a Japanese artistic movement infused with a Western modernist aesthetic, and began creating art in the same vein. He moved back to the United States in 1959 and went on to teach at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. A member of the Japan Print Society, Uchima has works in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., as well as others.



15” W x 29.5” H x .75” D (frame); 5.75” W x 20.25” H (sight). 

Condition notes:

Age appropriate wear, scuffs, and scratches to the frame. Some foxing and toning to the paper. Other age appropriate wear.

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