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Edge of Time

Edge of Time


Paul Horiuchi

American, born Japan 1906 - 1999

Paul Horiuchi was one of the leading modern artists of the Pacific Northwest after World War II, developing a bold and dynamic brand of abstraction that was defined by collage rather than paint and brush. As with other artists of his generation, abstraction was a perfect vehicle for speculations on nature, culture, and other universal themes during uncertain times, allowing the viewer room for his or her own associations.

Opaque watercolor on mulberry paper mounted to canvas
61 7/8 x 50 7/8 in. (157.2 x 129.2 cm)
Overall h.: 62 3/4 in.
Overall w.: 51 3/4 in.
Gift of the artist
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Henry Art Gallery, "What It Meant to Be Modern: Seattle Art at Mid-Century", October 15, 1999 - January 23, 2000

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Paul Horiuchi", March 9, 2000 - June 11, 2000

Seattle, Washington, Seattle World's Fair, Seattle Center, "Art Since 1950", 1962; circulated to Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachuettes, 1962; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachuettes, 1962. (1962 - 1962)

Eugene, Oregon, Museum of Art, University of Oregon, and the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, "Paul Horiuchi: 50 Years of Painting", 1969. (1969 - 1969)

Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, "Paul Horiuchi: Master of the Collage", November 11, 1987 - January 19, 1988. (11/19/1987 - 01/17/1989)

New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, "Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction", March 23, - July 7, 1997, (03/23/1997 - 07/31/1997)

Published ReferencesSeattle Art Museum, Washington, "Engagement Book, 1965", March 21-27.

Seattle World's Fair, "Art Since 1950", cat., 1962, p. 30, ill., p. 28.

Eugene, Oregon, Museum of Art, University of Oregon, "Paul Horiuchi: 50 Years of Painting", cat., Barbara E. Lane, 1969, ill. p. 28, 38

Farr, Sheila "Peeling back layers reveals origins of Paul Horiuchi's style" The Seattle Times, June 2, 2008

Johns, Barbara. "Paul Horuichi: East and West" Exh. cat. Issued in connection with an exhibition held Mar. 15, 2008-June 15, 2008. Seattle : University of Washington Press ; La Conner, WA : In association with Museum of Northwest Art, 2008, p. 54

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