February 28, 2015

ART: Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - Groovy Graphics Master

  While I usually try to focus on contemporary Asian art it's always hep to pay tribute to some of the masters, the giants who have made waves so massive the ripples are still being felt today. 

   Tadanori Yokoo, born in Nishiwaki, Japan, in 1936, is one of Japan's most successful & influential graphic designers & artists. He began his career as a stage designer for avant garde theatre in Tokyo & was close friends with Ken Takakura
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
HAIKU Art Review: Tadanori Yokoo
Groovy graphic style
Limitless pop collages
Optical Orgasms
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
   Akira Kurosawa & writer Yukio Mishima are two of Yokoo's most formative influences.
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Photo source: Gadabout

   In the late 1960s, he became interested in mysticism & psychedelia, deepened by travels in India. Because his art was so attuned to 1960s pop culture, he became very popular internationally & worked with well known musicians & celebrities.
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
   In 1981, he unexpectedly "retired" from commercial work & took up painting after seeing a Picasso retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. His career as a fine artist continues to this day with numerous exhibitions of his paintings every year, but alongside this he remains fully engaged & prolific as a graphic designer.
Text source: Wikipedia
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Hardcover 2010 ~ 460 pages 
Hardcover 2013 ~ 534 pages 
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Some art via: 50Watts
Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則) - http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com/
Hardcover 2010 ~ 460 pages 
Hardcover 2013 ~ 534 pages 
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