Tokyo: Kodansha, 1971. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, original illustrated printed cardboard slipcase with original paper obi band.
Early comprehensive retrospective of the work of celebrated Japanese graphic designer and illustrator Tadanori Yokoo, designed by the artist himself and profusely illustrated with reproductions, illustrations and photos from his life. Yokoo, one of Japan's best-known graphic designers outside of Japan, was influenced by a melange of western and Japanese sources, including the work of New York's Push Pin Studios designers Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and the novelist Yukio Mishima, with perhaps the international pop movement and psychedelia of the 1960s most profoundly infusing his singularly vivid and outrageous style. "Tadanori is masterful in his use of bad taste, compelling us to pay attention to his message by its sheer irritation value. Blood, melodrama are other elements that serve the same function. The spiritual path begins with the awareness of physicality – and Tadanori's concern with sexuality, gaping wounds, spurting arteries and mutilation are metaphors for this awareness" (Milton Glaser, quoted from 100 Posters of Tadanori Yokoo, New York: Images Graphiques, 1978). Statement by the artist in English, with the rest of the text in Japanese. Includes one fold-out spread. Creasing to spine edge, light soiling to upper wraper. Slipcase has moderate sunning to spine, light edgewear; scarce obi bandwith moderate chipping, rubbing, and fading to spine. Very good. Item #6098