Tadanori Yokoo. Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers. 1988

Tadanori Yokoo Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers 1988

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Yokoo's designs characteristically possess a level of personal expression that is remarkable within the graphic arts; the subjects being publicized frequently seem only incidental to the overall design. Craftsmanship is also of paramount importance to Yokoo, who utilizes an elaborate silkscreen process that is unusual in the production of posters, which are ephemeral. His challenges to the commercial nature of the poster are in many respects an homage to traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints, woodblocks produced for the popular market.

In contemporary culture, the individual is increasingly inundated and bombarded with vast amounts of visual information relayed by a variety of means, including television, film, digital media, and print. Combining visual motifs from a multiplicity of cultures and periods, Yokoo's eclectic graphic art reflects this complexity. Included in this poster are references to Édouard Manet's painting The Fifer, Michelangelo's Medici tombs, and traditional and contemporary Japanese images.

The complicated appropriation in Yokoo's work echoes Japan's evolution in the 1960s and 1970s from an insular culture to an economic world power.

Publication excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 323.
40 1/2 x 28 5/8" (102.9 x 72.7 cm)
Gift of the designer
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© 2020 Tadanori Yokoo
Architecture and Design

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