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Wanted: A Lavish Biopic Of Sessue Hayakawa, II by John Yau

Wanted: A Lavish Biopic Of Sessue Hayakawa, II by John Yau

Manneken Press



Edition Size: Unique

Image Size: 30.25 x 22 inches

Sheet Size: 30.25 x 22 inches


Condition: Pristine

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Monotype on Arches Cover paper. From a series of collaborative monotypes by acclaimed poet, author and critic John Yau and iconic Chicago artist Richard Hull, published by Manneken Press in March 2023. The prints in this series are loosely based on “Wanted” posters of the old Wild West; Yau would write a pithy phrase which served as a prompt for Hull’s abstracted head and shoulder portrait. Signed by both artists in pencil on the front, lower margin.


Sessue Hayakawa was a Hollywood film actor of the early 20th C. Hayakawa achieved considerable fame early on as a romantic lead, but due to anti-Japanese sentiment in the United States he could only land roles in which he was typecast as the villain. His career enjoyed a revival post-WWII with the support of fellow actors, including Humphrey Bogart.


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John Yau

John Yau is an acclaimed poet and art critic. Yau has authored more than 50 books and is a regular contributor to the widely read online arts magazines Hyperallergic and Brooklyn Rail. Yau is also known for his collaborations with artists; he has collaborated with more than 40 artists over the past 3 + decades on prints, drawings, artist books and paintings.

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