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The 315th Exhibition Tadanori Yokoo The First Book Design Exhibition

November 01, 2012 - November 27, 2012

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In the 1960s and 1970s, Tadanori Yokoo gave full play to the searing intensity of his personal vision as a graphic designer and illustrator. With his multi-layered worldview unchanged even after switching to painting in 1981, the scope and breadth of his activities continued to expand internationally. Tadanori Yokoo is an inimitable figure, a one-of-a-kind. His creative drive undiminished even today in the 2010s, he almost greedily, yet quite naturally, continues to challenge the unknown.

Yokoofs rich body of poster and painting work has previously been shown both domestically and abroad, but for this exhibit the Ginza Graphic Gallery has focused on his designs for books and magazines. Seemingly uninhibited book jackets that leave a powerful impression about what lies within and magazine covers dancing with hand lettering are actually built upon a firm foundation in graphic design and typography, created through a careful calculation of all aspects of bookmaking.

This exhibition presents Yokoofs mastery of book design through sketches, paste-ups, style sheets, and proof sheets as well as completed books.

In this first ever exhibit of Yokoofs book design, books can be observed up close to reveal the universe of Tadanori Yokoo, flowing with an energy that all but spills from the page.


ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome@
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03.3571.5206
Opening hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm (until 6:00pm on Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Admission free

Gallery Talk

4:00 - 5:30pm Wednesday, November 7
Speakers: Tadanori Yokoo + Hiroshi Minamishima (Art Critic, Professor at Joshibi University of Art and Design)
Venue: DNP Ginza Bldg. 3F
Free admission, Reservation required (seating capacity: 70)
*Reservation starts from 11:00am, October 24.
Click here. (in Japanese only)

Published Concurrently

ggg Books Special Edition 8
"Yokoo Theatre: Tadanori Yokoofs Performance, Film, and Concert Posters"

Tadanori Yokoo

Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1936. Active as a graphic designer since the 1960s, his international career included a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1972. After switching to painting in 1981, he continued to be invited to show his work at biennials around the world including Paris, Venice and Sao Paolo. He has held solo exhibitions at many museums both in Japan and overseas and is held in high regard internationally. His numerous awards and honors include election to the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2000, the Japanese Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, and the Asahi Prize. His works are held in the permanent collections of major museums in Japan and overseas including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Official website: http://www.tadanoriyokoo.com


Azusa Ozawa, ginza graphic gallery Tel: 03.3571.5206