Amano Kazumi (天乃一水) (Biographical details)

Amano Kazumi (天乃一水) (printmaker; Japanese; Male; 1927)

Also known as

Amano Kazumi

Biography

Print artist. Born two years before Amano Kunihiro (q.v.), also in northern Honshu (Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture) and also working in abstract woodblock prints, the two Amanos seem destined to be frequently confused. Kazumi graduated in 1945 in furniture design at the Prefectural School of Crafts in his home town. He met Munakata in 1950 (he was still in Toyama at the time) and took up woodblock prints, studying with the master for a time. He began exhibiting at the Japanese Print Association in 1953, moved to Tokyo in 1955 and won a series of prizes at Lugano (1964), the Tokyo International Print Biennale (1966) and Cracow (1968). He went to the USA first in 1968 to teach and made many subsequent visits. In 1975 he finally moved to New York with his family. His work resembled Munakata's at first but became increasingly smooth and elegant, before moving to the experimental, exploring the positive and negatives inherent in photographic screens, though always in woodblock technique; and after his move to New York, becoming more and more conceptual, inspired often by Teilhard de Chardin's theories in 'Le Phénomène Humaine' (1955).

Bibliography

Smith, Lawrence, 'Modern Japanese Prints 1912-1989: Woodblocks and Stencils', BMP, London, 1994, p. 21 and no. 125.
'Gendai hanga' (Contemporary Japanese Prints: Artists, Technique and Collection), ed. Kodansha, Tokyo, 1979, p. 37.
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Merritt, Helen, and Yamada, Nanako, 'Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints 1900-1975', University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1992, p. 9 .
Baskett, Mary W., "Kazumi Amano: The New York Connection", 'Newsletter on Contemporary Japanese Prints', vol. v, o. 1, Los Angeles, 1977, pp. 3-14 .