Kyoto: Ulfert Wilke, 1960. Limited Edition. Softcover. 1/400 Unnumbered. Inscribed "To Bernard and Becky Reis / in memory of a Xmas time / party at your house 1961 / Sincerely / Ulfert Wilke / 1.18.1962." 24 collotype plates. Original boxed portfolio, protected in modern mylar. Five series of ink drawings on 22 plates (19.5 x 14.5") by Ulfert Wilke printed by Kuroyama Collotype Print Co.. "One of the few foreign painters (Wilke) who have discovered and come to grasp the singular world of "sumi" (Chinese ink painting) is Ulfert Wilke... The fluidity of tone, the splash and splotch, the variety an depth of blackness, the contradistinctive play with the white, the firmness of the stroke and the disappearing edge, have engaged them" (Teruo Ueno, Professor of History of Fine Arts, Kyoto University). Box cover missing, box frame missing 4 inch chip at lower left corner and held to box at upper left corner. Right box frame with tears but still attached. Title page age-toned, other plates very lightly age-toned. Box in overall poor, plates in good to very good condition. g-. Item #36766
Ulfert Wilke (1907-1987), born in Bavaria, Germany, was an internationally recognized painter, calligrapher, museum director and art collector. He was also the founding and acting director of the University of lowa Museum of Arts from 1968 to 1978. Wilke is best known for his abstract painting and calligraphic creations connected to the abstract expressionism movement.