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The 27th 3rd Exhibition of DNP Archives of Graphic Design: The Age of Individuality

September 14, 2002 - December 23, 2002

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This third exhibition of the DNP Archives of Graphic Design features works by seven artists, Masuteru Aoba, Katsumi Asaba, Takahisa Kamijo, Ryohei Kojima, Masayoshi Nakajo, Shin Matsunaga and K2 (Seitaro Kuroda and Keisuke Nagatomo), all of whom started full-scale activities in the 1970s.
The 1970s was a transitional period in Japan, when the country was moving from recovery from World War II, to developing the economy; it was also a time when the post-war generation was becoming active and the notion of the 'individual' became more important. All seven artists belonged to this new generation. As well as questioning the notion of economic growth, they promoted new values such as the importance of the individual's daily routine, a return to nature, the restoration of humanity and they expressed themselves trough graphic design as a way of dealing with all these issues. This quest for individuality was expressed in their work and also extended to the notion of lifestyle, so they established a unique graphic design ideal in Japanese culture and society.
In this exhibition we show representative works by these seven artists from their early works to the present and present a panorama of contemporary Japanese graphic design.

Featured artists

Masuteru Aoba
Katsumi Asaba
Takahisa Kamijo
K2 (Seitaro Kuroda and Keisuke Nagatomo)
Ryohei Kojima
Masayoshi Nakajo
Shin Matsunaga