Poster design: Yokoo Tadanori
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.
We also present some background material for Yokoo’s works in the form of used palettes and paints from his studio.
It is our hope that this space, conceived as the artist’s palette, will enable visitors to experience the overwhelming power of Yokoo Tadanori’s colors.
University students ¥550
Age 70 and over ¥350
High school students and younger Free
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Also on View: YOKOO TADANORI COLLECTION GALLERY 2022 Part2
The Yokoo Tadanori Collection Gallery, newly established in 2021, was designed to display documents from Yokoo Tadanori’s archive as well as showcasing a diverse range of collections that Yokoo has maintained for many years in order to provide a deeper and slightly different perspective on the artist’s body of work.
In this second edition, we showcase prints and posters from Yokoo’s collection.
Works by artists such as Tom Wesselmann, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol call to mind the stimulating effect that Pop art had on Yokoo during his time as a graphic designer, and the personal relationships he later developed with these artists while staying in New York. Meanwhile, Francis Picabia and Giorgio de Chirico became two of Yokoo’s most beloved artists after he switched his focus to painting in the early 1980s. Their way of living exerted a strong influence on him.
These works, which were displayed in Yokoo’s house, served as a source of inspiration for him. We hope that you will enjoy the Yokoo Collection, which provides a key to the creation of the artist’s rich artistic world.
Date August 6 (Sat.) – December 25 (Sun.), 2022
Closed: Mondays (except Sep. 19, Oct. 10) and Sep. 20, Oct. 11
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (admission until 17:30)