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Sign of Spring -Toko Shinoda (b. 1913), calligrapher is known as a master of the intricate manner of writing tracing back 3000 years. She began creating abstract work in 1947. A two-year stay in New York in the 1950s introduced her to the work of abstract expressionists and inspired her to go beyond the traditional boundaries of controlled calligraphy and use expansive, dynamic brush strokes (...) slashing across the paper’s surface, carving out a landscape inhabited by both warrior and…

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Sudden Words, Suddenly Gone

"Self-Portrait", capturing inked water in movement by photograph Chinichi Maruyama, 2006