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Heart Sutra


Japanese Color Screenprint

Heart Sutra

by Ay-O, 1981

IHL Cat. #819

About This Print

Ay-O has immersed the "Heart Sutra" in seven colors of squares. At the bottom of the print the mantra
掲諦掲諦波羅掲諦羅僧掲諦菩提莎婆呵 (gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha!) is written.

“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form,” insists the Heart Sutra, the most popular Buddhist scripture and emptiness, or "nothingness,"  was a major theme for the Daoist and Zen-influenced Fluxus artists, permeating their work.1

1 NYU Grey Art Gallery, 2011 exhibition Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life http://www.nyu.edu/greyart/exhibits/fluxus/copy/FluxusSectionals.pdf

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #819
 Title or Description
 般若心経 (Heart Sutra)
 Ay-O (b. 1931)
Ay-O (pencil lower right)
 Publication Date  1981
 Edition  11 of 35
 Publisher  unknown
 Printer possibly Okabe Print Editions
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  modern print - silkscreen
 H x W Paper  14 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.6 cm )
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