Published in 1983, The Blue Book compiles an amazing, diverse, all-colour collection of erotic fantasies through the eyes of over 100 of the world’s most successful artists of the early 1980s, including Andy Warhol, Harumi Yamaguchi, Richard Bernstein, Carol Lay, Robert Blue, Lou Brooks, Robert Grossman, Mick Haggerty, George Hardie, Bush Hollyhead, Allen Jones, John Kacere, Katsu, Mel Odom, Neon Park, Gary Panter, Mel Ramos, Pater Sato, Todd Schorr, Tom Wesselmann, Tadanori Yokoo, George Stavrinos, Olivia, Nancy Kintisch and many more!
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Idea Archive 02
Milton Glaser is one of the world’s most renowned designers and illustrators from the United States of the later half of the 20th century. In 1954, he co-founded Push Pin Studios, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker, and established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974. His artwork has been featured in exhibits, and placed in permanent collections in many museums worldwide. Throughout his long career, Glaser has become widely celebrated for his many posters, paperback covers, magazines illustrations, record jackets and architectural designs. His logo “I ♥ NY,” as well as posters for Bob Dylan and other artists, have become some of the most recognised and appropriated graphics of our times. This book is a compilation of Glaser’s 60s graphic design work.
Originally published by Japan’s great Idea Magazine as a special edition in 1968, this book is a hardcover re-print of this volume dedicated entirely to Glaser’s work. In addition to contributions by three of Japan’s greatest graphic designers Ikko Tanaka, Hiromu Hara, and Kiyoshi Awazu, an interview with Milton Glaser himself is included in the book. The art direction and layout by Tadanori Yokoo fully convey the atmosphere of the time and work of Glaser.
The 51th volume of Pushpin Graphic Magazine, which was dedicated to Georges Melies well-known for his movie “A Trip to the Moon,” is inserted as a supplement.
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Harumi Gals (Parco View 2)
First printing of the great “Harumi Gals” from 1978. Legendary over-sized, glossy, and long out-of-print airbrush artbook from the incredible Harumi Yamaguchi, published by PARCO in Tokyo.
Airbrush illustrator Harumi Yamaguchi was one of the world’s leading commercial artbrush artists of the 1970’s. Born in Matsue in the Shimane prefecture, Yamaguchi graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a degree in oil painting. After working for the publicity department of Seibu Department Stores, Yamaguchi begun her career as a freelance illustrator, participating in the advertising production for PARCO with its opening in 1969. Since 1972 Yamaguchi has depicted female figures using airbrush techniques, instantly establishing herself as an illustrator that symbolized her era.
The encounter between Yamaguchi and PARCO was an inevitable one. Tsuji Masuda whom served as the president of PARCO had established plans for creating a department store that functioned as a cultural facility, collectively combining platforms such as museums, theater, and publishing in addition to retail, and as a result had headhunted Yamaguchi for this endeavor. As could be seen in Masuda’s decision of appointing Eiko Ishioka for the art direction, Kazuko Koike as copywriter, and Harumi Yamaguchi for the illustration, PARCO had soon focused on ‘women’ as a major driving source behind Japanese society of 1970s and onward, further succeeding in diverting this power to the business sector. Yamaguchi’s female figures are far from notions of eroticism as portrayed allegedly through male eyes in the form of pin-ups. On the contrary, the women themselves appear to joyously celebrate their own sexuality and existence. Furthermore, the images of women partaking in boxing, baseball, and skateboarding which Yamaguchi had illustrated in the 70s, could be interpreted as an ironic gesture towards a male-dominant society at a time prior to the establishment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act in 1985; an era when women were unable to equally advance into society.
In the catalog published in correspondence to “Women of the 70s PARCO Poster Exhibition 1969-1986” that took place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2001, Chizuko Ueno had critiqued Yamaguchi’s works stating, “while appearing to adhere to the scenario of male-tailored eroticism, Yamaguchi deconstructs male desire through her exaggerative depictions. As a consequence, the female body is idealized to a realm unreachable by male hands.” (‘The Idea of the Woman’)
Alberto Vargas, famous for his pin-ups for Esquire magazine and Playboy, is notably the international pioneer of airbrush illustrations. However, in the context of early ‘70s Japan there were no pre-eminent illustrators working with the airbrush medium with the exception Harumi Yamaguchi. It is certain that Yamaguchi’s achievements will continue to receive acclaim as an inaugural figure of super-real illustration that took Japan’s advertising industry of the 70s and 80s by storm.
Alongside her huge collection of women, Yamaguchi’s great staged reference photographs are included, with photgraphy by Michiko Matsumoto and Hideki Hosoya and Graphic Design by the Tadanori Yokoo!
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Rarely seen book on the poster work of the legendary Japanese graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo. Printed and published Mainichi Shinbun in Japan, this volume carries very little text and is made up almost 100% of beautiful full page reproductions of Yokoo’s major poster works from the years 1971-1974, in which his iconic photo-montage and print-making had a distinct psychedelic, erotic and esoteric spirit.
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.
In 1968 Yukio Mishima claimed, “Tadanori Yokoo’s works reveal all of the unbearable things which we Japanese have inside ourselves and they make people angry and frightened. He makes explosions with the frightening resemblance which lies between the vulgarity of billboards advertising variety shows during festivals at the shrine devoted to the war dead and the red containers of Coca Cola in American Pop Art, things which are in us but which we do not want to see.”
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- T. Yokoo 1971-1974
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