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An Ongoing Journey

By Joseph N. Newland

Four decades of companionship with a reproduction of a medieval Japanese scroll reveals the book as time-based artwork.

The second edition of Sesshu’s Long Scroll: A Zen Landscape Journey (Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1960), a book of paintings by 15th-century Japanese painter Sesshu Toyo. Photo by Alis Atwell / ArtAsiaPacific.

I don’t know when I first learned of the Long Handscroll, one of the most famous ink monochrome paintings by the 15th-century Japanese monk and painter Sesshu Toyo. But I surely was in college, in the early…

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