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Isamu Noguchi, Human Aspect as a Contemporary
54 Witnesses in Japan and America


Beautiful first edition, in rare illustrated hard slipcase, of this handsome hardcover volume of essays on Isamu Noguchi. This series of essays, personal reflections and accounts by 54 friends and colleagues of Noguchi’s, including Yoshi Taniguchi (architect), Issey Miyake (fashion designer), Arata Isozaki (architect), Tadao Ando (architect), Ikko Tanaka (graphic designer), Thomas Messer (director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation), Kenzo Tange (architect), and many others, was published to commemorate the opening of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Japan. First half of the book sees all essays in English, followed by a pictorial section of colour photographs of Noguchi at work, his sculptures and the Noguchi Garden, taken by famed Japanese photographers Shigeo Anzai, Yukio Futagawa, Kishin Shinoyama and others. The book closes with all essays repeated in Japanese. Also includes a map of Isamu Noguchi works across Japan, a biography, chronology, and blurbs on all contributing essayists, all in English and also Japanese.

A precise and very personal publication, and in this scarce hard-case edition, art directed by friend and celebrated Japanese graphic designer Ikko Tanaka, as one of his last ever design projects.
A must for any enthusiast of Noguchi’s work.

Isamu Noguchi (November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988) prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. One of the greatest 20th-century sculptors, Noguchi is known for his sculpture and public works, creating innovative parks, plazas, playgrounds, fountains, gardens, and stage sets as well as sculpture of stone, metal, wood, and clay, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.
In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today.

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Kishin Shinoyama
Nude

“One of the most important Japanese photobooks ever published” – Kaneko & Vartanian, “Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s”.

A first edition of this famous colour and b&w nude photo-book by the extraordinary Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama. This over-sized book collects an iconic group of Shinoyama’s early nude photographs including “Death Valley”, “Twin”, “Brown Lily”, “Maki & Sinatra”, “Phantom” and “Tokyo Fairy”.
In 1970, his exhibition NUDE – Kishin Shinoyama, which focused around his work in Death Valley, drew great attention and praise for its challenging images of the female form, and the fame of ‘Shinoyama of the Nudes’ was assured. Beautifully reproduced in here for the first time in 1970, Shinoyama’s Nude continues to be one of the most influential photo books published.

“Chapters focus either on a particular model or set of models identified by name or the exploration of a particular theme.  Within this context, Shinoyama’s choice of nude poignantly balances a personal and private exploration with the public realm…  Shinoyama totally changed the look of the nude model, until then generally a large-chested woman with curvy hips.  Instead, Shinoyama photographed a variety of regular girls…  Compared to Hosoe’s nudes in “Man and woman”, Shinoyama’s images are very corporeal, reminiscent of Araki’s photographs of his wife Yoko.  While “28 Girls” broke sharply from the traditional treatment of the nude as an ideal of beauty, it had a pop feeling and very image-based sensibility.  Shinoyama took this idea to an extreme in “Nude”.  In the section “Death Valley.” shot in the wide-open vistas of America’s desert land, a terrain with a scope inconceivable in Japan, he eschews all narrative structure in a totally image-driven body of photography.  The strong light and Shinoyama’s framing made the ground’s surface resemble the surface of the moon – a moon populated by nude women.  In “Phantom,” special effects adulterate the color photography, using the nude to address a near-future vision of the city.  “Tokyo Fairy” plays with “visual scandal,” placing nudes within everyday scenes.” — Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, p102-107

Kishin Shinoyama was born in 1940, in Tokyo, Japan. He embarked on his career while studying in the Department of Photography at Nippon University, and was awarded the Advertising Photographer’s Association prize, among others. After being employed at the Light Publicity advertising company, he started to work as a freelance photographer in 1968. His work is acclaimed for the portraits of the most famous celebrities of our day and age, such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rie Miyazawa, and other major personalities. In his “Gekisha” and “Shinorama” series, he carries on capturing the times using new forms of expression and new technologies. He is also an exponent of solarization and has used it to challenge preconceived ideas of beauty and the nude.

* Condition: Good (general light wear to edges, light tanning from age and corner bumping with small crease to top corner of back cover, otherwise a bright, tightly bound copy) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Tadanori Yokoo
PUSH


The very scarce and unique PUSH book form 1972, by Tadanori Yokoo, featuring photography by Kishin Shinoyama and Daido Moriyama.

After a car accident in 1972 Tadanori Yokoo decided to take a two year hiatus from work at the height of his fame. PUSH is a dairy of this period beautifully designed with colour photographs by none other than Kishin Shinoyama and b&w by the likes of Daido Moriyama and Tadashi Krahashi.

A gorgeous and curious edition, housed in original printed slipcase.

Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則), born in Nishiwaki, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, in 1936, is one of Japan’s most successful and internationally recognized graphic designers and artists. He began his career as a stage designer for avant garde theatre in Tokyo. His early work shows the influence of the New York based Push Pin Studio (Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast in particular) but Yokoo himself cites filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and writer Yukio Mishima as two of his most formative influences.

In the late 1960s he became interested in mysticism and psychedelia, deepened by travels in India. Because his work was so attuned to 1960s pop culture, he has often been (unfairly) described as the “Japanese Andy Warhol” or likened to psychedelic poster artist Peter Max, but Yokoo’s complex and multi-layered imagery is intensely autobiographical and entirely original. By the late 60s he had already achieved international recognition for his work and was included in the 1968 “Word & Image” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Four years later MoMA mounted a solo exhibition of his graphic work organized by Mildred Constantine. Yokoo collaborated extensively with Shūji Terayama and his theater Tenjō Sajiki. He has also starred as a protagonist in Nagisa Oshima’s film Diary of a Shinjuku Thief.

* Condition: Very Good (tight, clean copy in original printed slipcase protected in plastic w. original obistrip – only small amount of marking/ageing to inside cover edges, slight tanning to box) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Issey Miyake
East Meets West

Hands-down one of the greatest Issey Miyake books ever published – the classic “East Meets West” of 1978.

First edition of the iconic first book/folio dedicated to the work of Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake.  Published by Heibonsha Limited Publishers of Tokyo in 1978, the book features beautiful photoshoots by the likes of Guy Bourdin, Richard Avedon, Kishin Shinoyama, Harry Peccinotti and David Bailey throughout, documenting Miyake’s creations of the 1970s.
Broken into three sections (“Man and his Cloth”, “The Form of Cloth” and “Witness of Time”) the book texts include a preface by Diana Vreeland and essays by Mutsuo Takahashi, Arata Isozaki, and Eiko Ishioka.

Texts are in Japanese and English.

* Condition: Very good – (Tight and clean copy, only shows light signs of general light shelf wear/age – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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