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Rainbow night 8


Japanese Color Screenprint

Rainbow Night 8

from the series Rainbow Night

by Ay-O, 1971

Print 1 from the series Very Popular Story. Event for Prints. Rainbow glass. Then, Mr. Ay-o got drunk by the Rainbow.

IHL Cat. #817

About This Print

Ay-O has made a number of variously titled prints, paintings and sculptures showing anatomically correct male and female figures.  In this artist's proof, a vibration of color links the two figures.  It is one of ten prints in the series Rainbow Night (shown below.) 

In discussing this series, Ay-o states:

In this series...I wanted to express a certain order...in the same way that time slowly elapses. 

I used cut-out dolls when I was drawing the ten prints of Rainbow night.  When I made Rainbow night 1 [pictured below] I also had the objective of mixing all these together and making them fulfill the role similar to a table of contents for a series.

Rainbow night 8 is an angle taken from above of a man and a woman facing upward. Moreover, the form of the man and woman in Rainbow night 8 is a completely identical silhouette.  Hair, breasts, and male genitals deceive the eye.1

1 Ay-O's Rainbow Prints: Catalogue Raisonne, 1954-1979, Sadajiro Kubo, Sohbun-sha, 1979, p. 86

Rainbow Night Series

 Rainbow night 1 

Rainbow night 2

Rainbow night 3

Rainbow night 4

Rainbow night 5

Rainbow night 6

Rainbow night 7

Rainbow night 8

Rainbow night 9

Rainbow night 10

A Few Other of Ay-O's "Anatomically Correct" Works 

Debu Fatty, 1975
Oil on canvas, 100.0×100.0 cm
Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art Japan

Ay-O exhibition gallery at 2012
exhibition Ay-O: Over the Rainbow Once More at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

For Yoko - peace sign - for John

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #817
 Title or Description
 Rainbow Night 8 (title as given in artist's print catalogue raisonee)
 Series Rainbow Night
 Ay-O (b. 1931)
 Signature Ay-O (pencil lower right)
 Publication Date 1971
 Edition artist proof
 Publisher  Nantenshi Gallery i南天子画廊 [edition エディション ]
 Printer Tokozo Okabe 徳園 岡部 (Okabe Print Editions)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre modern print - silkscreen
 H x W Paper 21 3/8 x 29 in. (54.3 x 73.7 cm )
 H x W Image 
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature Ay-O's Rainbow Prints: Catalogue Raisonne, 1954-1979, Sadajiro Kubo, Sohbun-sha, 1979, p. 87, cat. no. 219.
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