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Adja Yunkers

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodcut on rice paper

16 in x 7 3/4 in (40.6 cm x 19.7 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This print shows an abstract, beautiful, and menacing succubae, a seductive female mythical figure.

While living in Stockholm in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Adja Yunkers published several journals on art and politics. Yunkers' handcrafted journals were evidence of his developing interest in printmaking, and by the 1940s he was making woodblock prints.Yunkers founded the Rio Grande Workshop in New Mexico in 1949. This print is part of Yunkers' Prints in the Desert handmade art magazine which was a collection of art and writings; it was the Rio Grande Workshop's first project.

The portfolio includes work by: Kenneth Lash (A Desert Tune), Frederick O'Hara (Koshare, a two-color lithograph), Ramon Sender (Gloss of Certitiude), A. Jarrett (photograph), Edwin Honig (Again), Adja Yunkers (Succubae, a 6 color woodcut), Edwin Honig (The Headhunters), Robert Walters (Whorlworm, a 3 color woodcut), Jack Garver (Scribbling has Meaning), an anonymous child's work, Jack Garver (De Chaco, a monospray print), Vincent Garoffolo (Dance of the Dossier), an anonymous child's vignette, Herbert Goldman (photograph of a Sculpture - Laminated Redwood), and Elmer Gorman (This Sand - cut by Frederick O'Hara in wood).

Physical Description
This is a vertically arranged abstract print that incorporates sets of facial features (and perhap legs) that stare out at the viewer. The colors in the print are predominately yellow on the right and black on the left; green, red, and white are also used.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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