In the early 1980s after Yokoo’s so-called “painter’s declaration,” which marked his shift from graphic design to painting, the artist created a wide range of works without any fixed subject or style in a series of pictorial experiments. One element in this multifaceted and enormous group of works that might be cited as distinctively Yokoo-esque is the artist’s use of color.
In this exhibition, we focus on color in Yokoo’s paintings as we look back at his work in that medium. By dividing Yokoo’s highly diverse paintings (including those from series such as Pink Girl, Y-junction, A.W. Mandala, and Hanshan and Shide) according to color rather than subject or style, we have set out to reorganize Yokoo’s unique artistic world in an installation that uses the museum’s galleries as if they were a palette.