Yokoo Tadanori (b. 1936) began his career in the early 1960s as a graphic designer and illustrator, garnering attention for his unique style, a fusion of Japanese folk motifs and a pop art-like sensibility. In the 1980s he made a transition from designer to painter and artist, producing work after work with innovative themes and expression, and earning acclaim as a modern artist.
The expression of the self and one's own art is an important element of Yokoo's art, and the concept of genkyō (原郷), the original homeland, which appears in his recent work, is especially significant. Genkyō is the home of the soul of all human beings, and the vast resource of images that exists behind Yokoo's art. The artist constantly returns to it, creating connections between various images and memories, a region like a luxuriant forest. This genkyō itself is the wellspring of the phantasmagoric and unique world of images that Yokoo creates.
The first major solo exhibition of Yokoo's work in the Tokai region, this exhibition explores the life of the artist and an overview of his art through a rich variety of exhibits, focusing on paintings with graphic work also featured.
When: Fri. 15 Jan. to Sun. 11 Apr. (10:00 - 18:00; 10:00 - 20:00 on Fridays; Last entry 30 minutes before closing.) Closed Mondays.
Where: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (愛知県美術館), Aichi Arts Center (愛知芸術文化センター) 10F
Access: A 3-minute walk via Oasis 21 (オアシス21) from Sakae Sta. (栄駅, H10 / M05) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線・名城線) and Sakaemachi Sta. (栄町駅, ST01) on the Meitetsu Seto Line.
Admission: General Admission 1,500 Yen; University & Senior HS students 1,200 Yen; Junior HS students and younger free. Discount available for holders of a Certificate of Disability. Also covers entry to the concurrent collection exhibition.
Image: Coincidence of Memories and Reality (想い出と現実の一致), 1998
Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design