ginza graphic gallery(ggg)
January 12 (Tue.) to February 25 (Thu.), 2010
(closed on Sundays and national holidays)
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (6 p.m. on Saturdays)
With Kazumasa Nagai and Tadanori Yokoo
4:00–6:00 p.m. on Wdenesday, 20 January 2010
DNP Ginza Bldg. 5F. Admission free. Reservations required (70 seats available).
If interested in attending, please contact the gallery at 03-3571-5206.
Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2010 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Place: Ginza Graphic Gallery
Please direct all enquiries and requests for visuals, etc., to:
ginza graphic gallery
(Ask for Ozawa at 03-3571-5206)
Note: This exhibition will also tour to the CCGA
(Center for Contemporary Graphic Art) in Fukushima and the ddd gallery in Osaka.
Ikko Tanaka (1930－2002):
Born in Nara City. Majored in design at the Kyoto City College
of Arts (now the Kyoto City University of Arts), graduating in 1950. After working
as a textile designer at Kanegafuchi Spinning Co., Ltd. (now Kanebo), Tanaka
became involved in graphic design at the Osaka headquarters of the Sankei Shimbun
newspaper. During his roughly five years there, Tanaka studied under artist Jiro
Yoshihara and was influenced by the work of Yoshio Hayakawa.
Tanaka became a member of the Japan Advertising Artists Club
in 1953 and received its Member Award in 1959. In the meantime, he moved in Tokyo
in 1957 and joined Light Publicity. A founding member of the Nippon Design Center
in 1960, he then established the Ikko Tanaka Design Studio in 1963. In 1965,
he gathered together colleagues for the Persona graphic design exhibition and
also held his first overseas solo exhibition, in the Netherlands. In the 1960s
he expanded into spatial design, working on large-scale events for the 1964 Olympic
Games in Tokyo and the 1970 World Expo in Osaka.
In 1975, Tanaka became Creative Director for the Seibu Retailing
Group (now the Saison Group). There, through his work in retail space and environmental
design, marks and logos, product packaging, and art direction for theaters and
museums, Tanaka provided comprehensive design support for corporate image strategy
and brought diverse creative minds together to link the company with the wider
Taking an active role in introducing Japanese design overseas,
Tanaka served as art director or producer for numerous exhibitions and publications.
Within Japan, Tanaka was an active member of the Japan Graphic Designers Association
(JAGDA) and contributed to the establishment of creative spaces such as the Tokyo
Designers Space, Ginza Graphic Gallery and Gallery Ma.
The excellence of Tanaka's work was recognized early overseas,
and in 1994 he was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by the Japanese
government. That same year, he was elected to the New York Art Directors Club
Hall of Fame. In his later years, he received the Asahi Prize in 1997 and the
inaugural Yusaku Kamekura Design Award in 1999. In 2000 he was both named a Person
of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government and inducted into the Tokyo Art
Directors Club Hall of Fame, and remained a leading figure in the world of Japanese
graphic design until his untimely death in 2002.