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July 10th, 2002
First Bilingual Book on Munakata Examines Innovative 20th Century Printmaker’s Eventful Career

Philadelphia, PA (July 10, 2002) -- A definitive catalogue that accompanies the 20th century master’s centennial retrospective, Munakata Shikō: Japanese Master of the Modern Print is the first bilingual (English/Japanese) publication to present Munakata’s works in all mediums and genres. This comprehensive book, illustrated in full color, reveals the extraordinary range of styles and techniques used by Japan’s most renowned 20th-century artist, from his woodcuts of the 1930s to his oil paintings of the 1970s. Each of Munakata’s creations is individually described in detail. Also included are essays treating Munakata’s artistic life, the literary sources that inspired many of his prints, and his foray into lithography, and an extensive biography that draws on many of Munakata’s own writings, as well as a chronology describing significant milestones in his career.

Published by the Munakata Museum, the book is co-authored by Dr. Felice Fischer, Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Curator of East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Robert T. Singer, Curator and Head, Japanese Art Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Hollis Goodall, Associate Curator of Japanese Art at LACMA; and Kawai Masatomo, Professor of Japanese Art History at Keio University, Tokyo, and a leading scholar of Japanese ink-painting.

The book contains 228 pages and over 300 color illustrations. It is available for purchase at the Museum store ($65.00 cloth) by calling (800) 329-4856, or via the Internet at www.philamuseum.org. In the United States, Munakata Shikō: Japanese Master of the Modern Print is distributed by Paragon Books.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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