[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]
YOKOI Tomoe (born 1942/3)
“Carrot and Lemon”
mezzotint / 10.25 inches by 14.375 inches (image)
Yokoi was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942 or 1943. She moved to Paris in 1964 where she perfected the mezzotint printing technique. In 1971 Yokoi moved to New York City where her work gained a new audience. Yokoi’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of the Musee d’Art Moderne and Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Brooklyn Museum and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
This remarkable mezzotint — one of the most challenging of print types — was acquired from a New York City gallery no longer in business and once hung on the walls of The Periodic Table, a restaurant in Agincourt, Iowa. It was given to the Community Collection by Rosemary Plicka and Brad Nowatski to honor her gastronomic mentor Harumi Fleischmann.