Paul Binnie

Scottish, b. 1967

Kabukicho Color Separation Proofs

two hand-colored keyblock proofs with annotations regarding block separations along left edge (folded beneath each sheet), ca. 2020

diptych 16 3/8 by 20 7/8 in., 41.5 by 52.9 cm
with separation notes 16 2/8 by 25 3/8 in., 41.5 b

The Kabukicho diptych is part of Binnie's Pictorial Allussion, Reused Blocks series in which he challenges himself to incorporate antique woodblocks into new compositions. For this diptych he drew inspiration from a complete set of reproduction woodblock for a design by Toshusai Sharaku (active ca. 1794-95) featuring two kabuki actors seen on the right-hand sheet. The annotations for the left sheet indicate 13 color separations that are achieved with 5 double-sided blocks; and the right sheet likewise indicates 13 separations on 4 double-sided blocks plus all the blocks from the Sharaku set (7 double-sided blocks). However, each block was used multiple times for different colors and hues, resulting in total of 81 printings of different colors.

(inv. no. C-2078)

price: $975

Paul Binnie
right sheet annotations

Paul Binnie
left sheet annotations


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