Yokoo Tadanori: Beyond Graphic Work

Poster design: Yokoo Tadanori

Over a career that spans more than half a century, Yokoo Tadanori has developed a diverse body of work. How should we view the relationship between two of his main areas of activity, his posters and other graphic works and his paintings? Though we could see them as completely different, it is also possible to see them as closely linked entities. A number of exhibitions in recent years have adopted the latter approach. In addition to providing an introduction to Yokoo’s paintings made during his period as a designer and the design work he made after announcing that he would to devote himself to painting, this has prompted interest in the similarities between the two.

This exhibition tends toward the latter trend in Yokoo’s career. This is because we would like to strongly emphasize the fact that despite being a conventional format, posters, which represent the core of Yokoo’s graphic work, are equal to painting in the sense that they are also creative expressions that were developed according to the artist’s own personal interests.

The exhibition consists of seven sections containing over 100 posters arranged by category. In the first we present Yokoo’s unique spaces created with frames and sea horizons, then we look at representative motifs such as human figures and writing, and finally turn our attention to the techniques of repetition, aggregation, and the modification of motifs between works. In addition, there are displays of related sketches and original pictures, which shed light on Yokoo’s production process. In looking at these works, the ideas that underlie Yokoo’s posters should gradually emerge. And by also including some of the artist’s paintings and book designs, it should become clear that despite the change in context, Yokoo’s works contain many similar features. We hope that this exhibition will lead to a greater understanding of Yokoo Tadanori’s graphic works, which transcend the usual limits of the genre.

July 12 (Sat.) - September 28 (Sun.), 2014

Closed: Mondays (except July 21, Sep. 15) and July 22, Sep. 16
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (admission until 17:30)
     10:00 - 20:00 on Friday and Saturday (admission until 19:30)

Adult  ¥600
University students  ¥450
High school students and Age 70 and over  ¥300
Junior high school students and younger  Free

Black Lizard (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space) 1993 Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
Sakaguchi Ango Festival (Kinokuniya Hall) 1974 The National Museum of Art, Osaka
John Silver Continued (Gekidan Jokyo Gekijo) 1968 Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Blow up c.2000 Artist
Moriyama Daido Retrospective from 1965 (Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art) 2007 The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Shiseido 1982 Artist (Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary of Art)