“To buy art, you really buy the energy of [the piece],” says Japanese-American artist Mayumi Oda. “I feel I have a very strong responsibility to make people exuberant, happy, [and] healthy.” Oda’s prints, including several available in the upcoming Japanese Prints Auction offered by Skinner, aim to empower women and are influenced by her spirituality and social activism.
“Ancient Sea, Spider Conch” and “Silver Sea” are among the most notable works by Mayumi Oda in this auction. Both pieces focus on an identical woman in the nude. In “Ancient Sea, Spider Conch”, the woman is at peace in the sea even with hard, crashing waves around her. In “Silver Sea”, the waves take on a more abstract form.
From modern artists like Oda to more traditional printmakers such as Hashiguchi Goyo, Skinner’s Japanese Prints auction provides pieces from a wide range of Japanese artists. Goyo’s “Woman Holding a Tray” is among the pieces with the highest estimated value. Produced in 1920, the colored woodblock is on gray mica paper. Hashiguchi Goyo only began carving, printing, and publishing his work in 1918, less than three years before his death. The high quality combined with the tragically low supply of Goyo’s work, makes them valuable to many collectors.
Those seeking a slightly different lot should consider a collection of twenty-nine Japanese fairy tale books, all published by Takeshijiro Hasegawa. He was an innovative Japanese publisher who gave the world stories were based on well-known Japanese folk tales. View each of these lots and register to bid online on Skinner’s website.
Lot Categories:Asian Works Of Art (220)
# of Lots:220
Price Range:$50 to $8,700
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921), Woman Holding a Tray|| Estimate: |
|Mayumi Oda (b. 1941), Ancient Sea, Spider Conch|| Estimate: |
|Mayumi Oda (b. 1941), Silver Sea|| Estimate: |
|Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), Woman Opening a Door|| Estimate: |
|Twenty-nine Crepe Paperback Books from Japanese Fairy Tale Series|| Estimate: |