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My first retrospective monograph will include a complete DVD of Plywood Films' documentation (with a new retrospective documentary.)
My first retrospective monograph will include a complete DVD of Plywood Films' documentation (with a new retrospective documentary.)
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I am very excited to share this trailer for the mini-documentary that is being created by Plywood Pictures specifically for my first retrospective monograph entitled Golden Sea. Plywood has created most of my short documentaries including "Live in New York with Susie Ibarra," and "The Four Holy Gospels." This latest documentary features location shots and interviews shot in Japan, New York and Princeton. Your contributions towards this project will support the production of this important documentary and the printing of the monograph Golden Sea.

This retrospective monograph and mini documentary will provide a look back on my career, following my journey with Nihonga, Contemporary Art, while always wrestling with the issues of art, faith and humanity.  The monograph will include major works from my early days as a graduate student in Tokyo to my most recent work Golden Sea. It will be designed by Darilyn Carnes of Abrams Books, and published by Dillon Gallery Press to be used for future Makoto Fujimura retrospectives.  The total production cost will be close to $48,000 and is mostly self-funded.  I am seeking to raise a minimum of $10,000 to help pay for Plywood and the initial printing of the monograph.

The monograph will feature essays by Robert Kushner, Dan Siedell, Valerie Dillon, Kei Tatejima, and others. My second son, C.J., has composed several scores for this project and they will be used along side Susie Ibarra's generous contribution.   Plywood Pictures documentaries will be included in the monograph as a DVD.

This is a unique way to support the production of this monograph and the documentary. For $55, you will be investing in the project ahead of the time, AND receive the retrospective monograph for half of the projected price of the book!

Update: For ANY pledge of ANY size, your name will be inscribed in the "Acknowledgement" section of the book.  Please let others know of this unique opportunity to be part of an enduring journey.

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  • The total project expense if over $40k, so your support will go toward the project. My goal is to have 200 backers, regardless of what they can give, so please keep spreading the word!

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  • Yes, thus far, Kikkoman and a pacific west foundation has stepped in to help cover some of the expenses (up to $20k total) so if I end up raising $20k more, I will break even.

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  • YES!

    Some have contacted me, after the Kickstarter campaign was over, to inquire if they can still participate in helping with this project. The answer is YES!

    I just received a matching grant from Murdock Trust, and they will match, dollar to dollar up to $7500, any donation of any size. Simply write a check of any amount to International Arts Movement, 38 West 39th St., 3F NY NY 10018.

    Please include in the mail how you would like your name to appear on the acknowledgment section of the monograph.

    Clarification: This is a strict donation to the project and you will receive a tax deductible contribution acknowledgement from IAM. If you desire to pre-purchase the monograph, you will be able to do so soon on my website (albeit at a $75, and not at $55 that Kickstarter backers received.) Thank you!

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    Makoto Fujimura 1997 catalogue "New York Works" (Dillon Press) valued at $35

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    Makoto Fujimura 1997 catalogue "New York Works" and 2003 "The Splendor of the Medium" valued at $70

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    Makoto Fujimura 2013 Retrospective Monograph and DVD "The Golden Sea" valued at $110

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    Makoto Fujimura 2013 Retrospective Monograph and DVD "The Golden Sea" valued at $110. Signed.

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    Makoto Fujimura 2013 Retrospective Monograph and DVD "The Golden Sea" valued at $110. Makoto Fujimura 1997 catalogue "New York Works" and 2003 "The Splendor of the Medium" All signed.

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    Makoto Fujimura 2013 Retrospective Monograph and DVD "The Golden Sea" valued at $110. Signed. PLUS, an original painting fragment from a recent collaboration for LMCC River to River Festival with Susie Ibarra at St. Paul's Chapel, Ground Zero, NYC

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    Makoto Fujimura 2013 Retrospective Monograph and DVD "The Golden Sea" valued at $110. Signed. PLUS, an original lithograph print of "Quince" 2002, printed by Corridor Press, an original lithograph printed by hand on Rives BFK cream paper: 22" x 30"(H/W). Hand printed from six printing plates consisting of two lithographic stones and four aluminum plates.

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    Makoto Fujimura 2013 Retrospective Monograph and DVD "The Golden Sea" valued at $110. Signed. PLUS, an original commissioned letter painted (6"x6") with mineral pigments, gold (or other precious metals) done in the style of The Four Holy Gospels pages. Please specify a letter of choice by emailing the artist by Dec., 2012

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    Makoto Fujimura 2013 Retrospective Monograph and DVD "The Golden Sea" valued at $110. Signed. PLUS, a Makoto Fujimura original painting (8"x10") done in a similar style as "The Golden Sea" with gold, precious minerals on Kumohada paper

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