Kyoto: Haizuka Printing Company/Single Copy Publish, 1981. First edition. Offset. 5 7⁄8 x 8 1⁄4 in. Sewn binding in gauze-covered wraps, with original restored obi band. Very good. Item #6576
The scarce and profusely-illustrated photobook documenting the life of Tanadoori Yokoo, a designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter known for his psychedelic and pop art aesthetic – with original obi-band intact.
Yokoo, a seminal figure in the Japanese avant-garde, designed prolifically and widely, merging psychedelia, traditional Japanese printmaking motifs, and religious mysticism. Recognized internationally as a major figure in 20th Century design and fine art, a solo exhibition of his work was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1972. He has exhibited widely since and collaborated with late fashion designer Issey Miyake, author Yukio Mishima, filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, and Shuji Terayama, among others.
A portrait of Yokoo’s life between 1970 and 1980, the book was made in collaboration with the photographer Tadashi Kurahashi, and documents visits to shrines and galleries, as well as his printmaking and general day to day life.
A fascinating look at an influential designer.