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Tadanori Yokoo
1971-1974


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.”

* Condition: Very Good (general sun tanning with age) – 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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Aquirax Uno
Posters 1959-1975

Very special Aquirax Uno signed copy of this fantastic hardcover collection of his poster work dating 1959-1975.
Aquirax Uno, also known as Akira Uno (born March 13, 1934) is a Japanese graphic artist, illustrator and painter who was very influential in the 1960s and 1970s. His incredibly unique work is characterized by fantastic visuals, capricious and sensuous line flow, flamboyant (and occasionally grotesque) eroticism, and frequent use of collage and bright colours. Uno was prominently involved with the Japanese underground art of the 1960s–1970s, and is particularly notable for his frequent collaborations with Shuji Terayama and his experimental theater Tenjo Sajiki.

Signed “Aquirax” in gold marker across black front endpaper.
First edition, in “as new” perfect condition w. dust jacket and obi-strip.

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Twelve Persons in Graphic Design Today Vol. 1
Akira Uno, Kazumasa Nagai, Shigeo Fukuda, Gan Hosoya


Volume 1 of the great 1969 hardcover series “Twelve Persons in Graphic Design Today”, art directed by Gan Hosoya. Each of these collectable books showcase four Japanese graphic designers (of the total 12 across 3 books) practicing in the 1960s through a large selection of their works beautifully reproduced in full-colour and black and white. Volume 1 showcases Akira Uno, Kazumasa Nagai, Shigeo Fukuda, and Gan Hosoya. Texts in Japanese, but almost entirely a visual document.

First edition in original dust-jacket, protected by plastic wraps.

* Condition: Very Good (a tight, clean copy throughout, in original dust jacket) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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