Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967 Flowers of a Hundred Years: Contact Lens

Paul Binnie

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967 Flowers of a Hundred Years: Contact Lens

2017

woodblock print

18 1/2 by 13 in., 47.1 by 33.1 cm

Scholten Japanese Art

New York, NY

212.585.0474

Under $2,200

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This is the eighth woodblock print issued in Binnie's Flowers of a Hundred Years series, which explores the lives of Japanese women through the decades in the 20th century. The design takes a playful approach to the 1970s, the so-called "Me Decade"— as coined by the American author Tom Wolfe in an article of the same name published in New York Magazine in 1976. Perhaps the image of a beauty inserting a contact lens could be read as the epitome of self-reflection, with both the mirror and the lens suggesting her inward gaze.