CRANBROOK SIGHTINGS: INSIDE THE VAULT Shiro Ikegawa Valentine’s Day at Cranbrook Suite of eighteen prints Photo-Lithography and serigraphy three-color separation relief Photography and lithography by David W. Wharton and Michael D. Powe Printed at Cranbrook Academy of Art All photos of Valentine's Day at Cranbrook (c) Estate of Shiro Ikegawa What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by taking a leisurely stroll around the Cranbrook campus in sub-zero temperatures, photographing ice formations and footprints in the snow? In 1977, artist Shiro Ikegawa (1933–2009) did just that, commemorating one of America’s most beloved and reviled holidays with a suite of eighteen photo-lithographs and silk-screened prints. Cranbrook Academy of Art’s printmaking department invited Ikegawa for a two week visit, during which time he led critiques and became an acting art director of sorts, supervising students as they executed his works on the lithographic press. The three images below were published in a Birmingham-Bloomfield Eccentric article about Ikegawa’s visit. Photos by ...Read More
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