Scottish, b. 1967
Travels with the Master: New York Night (The Woolworth Building), 33/100 (last impression with original sky)
(Meishou to no tabi: Nyu-yoruku)
signed at lower left in silver ink with artist's seal Binnie, the series title on the upper left margin, Meishou To No Tabi, followed by print title Nyu-yoruku, title in penciled English, New York Night, on the bottom margin and numbered 33/100, with Binnie blind-printed at center, and signed in pencil at right, Paul Binnie, ca. 2008
chuban tate-e 11 3/8 by 8 1/8 in., 29 by 20.5 cm
This print, along with New York Sunset, was produced in 2008 on commission by Scholten Japanese Art for Binnie's Travels with the Master series. Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) depicted a similar view of the Woolworth Building from City Hall, in a small chuban-sized print in 1928. At the time, the Woolworth Building was the tallest building in the world (it would be surpassed in 1930 by 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building). As such, Binnie exaggerated the perspective to emphasize the sensation of looking up at the buildings as they seemed to lean together. In an amusing nod to the master, Binnie replicated Yoshida's title of his print, Nyu-yoruku, although the transcription generally favored today is Nyu-yoku.
Both prints, Sunset and Night, were created from the same set of blocks, with the addition of an extra shadow block to emphasize the dramatic lighting of the building from below at night. While the composition is largely based on Yoshida's version, the gradation of the dark blue to inky-black sky rendered in speckled gomazuri (lit. sesame seed printing) is a deliberate reference to early landscapes by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957).
In 2017 Binnie revisited the edition and taking advantage of the un-inked white speckles in the sky, created three small batches of variant impressions by enhancing the background color with saturated Prussian blue, deep violet, and dark teal.
This is the LAST impression available of the original printing with gomazuri sky.
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