Saturday, April 10, 2010

Works by Tadanori Yokoo, Japan's Gig Poster/Album Cover Warhol, at U of C's Regenstein

Posted By on 04.10.10 at 12:06 PM

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The U of C's Regenstein Library is hosting an exhibition of recent (1997-2005) posters by legendary Japanese illustrator, animator, and artist Tadanori Yokoo. He's been a big deal for awhile, having been included in (and done a poster for) the MoMA Words & Image 1968 exhibition, and a large-scale '98 exhibition in Japan drew 40,000 people; you might recognize his work from Santana's Lotus or Miles Davis's Agharta. You can see more of his work at MoMA, or his Web site, which is in enough English to get around. It also has a food-centric blog, written by his son, I think, which is probably neat if you read Japanese. Some of the food looks delicious.

Through June 19: Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street, public hours Monday-Thursday 8:30am — 7:00pm, Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm, closed Sunday (via @ebertchicago)

I'm partial to his poster for the Solti/London Philharmonic/Holst's The Planets, because if symphony orchestras maybe started working more with gig-poster artists—say, for instance, if you were in a really good city for that—it might be really neat. Just saying.

After the jump, Yokoo's animation "Tokuten Eizou Anthology No. 1."

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