Japan's most bewildering poster artist and illustrator is getting a new show at the University of Chicago's Joseph Regenstein Library. Tadanori Yokoo throws together blinding colors, weird pop-art references, woodcut illustrations and craziness to dazzle your brains out. Maybe NSFW...

As the Seattle Post-Intelligencer puts it:

Critics trying to sum up the work of artist Tadanori Yokoo have called him, "The Japanese Andy Warhol." That's like calling James Joyce, "The Irish Dr. Seuss." Both artists use silk-screen techniques to create prints, and that's where the similarity ends. Warhol's clear, linear, flat, and repetitive surfaces have a visceral visual impact. The eye instantly recognizes and grasps the content, often a colorful take on an already iconic image. Throw away all of that pop-art kapow, replace it with chaos, complexity, commotion, clutter, and more layers than a twelve-tiered wedding cake. The resulting merry-go-round of confusion is the art of Tadanori Yokoo. Viewers ready for Yokoo's wild ride should form a line at the University of Chicago's Joseph Regenstein Library. Dramamine is optional, but recommended...

Born in 1936, Tadanori Yokoo was deeply influenced by Japan's rapidly-changing post-World War II culture. His art reflects Japan's transition from an insular, tradition-bound nation to a modern, global economic powerhouse. A single Yokoo silk screen can contain motifs from 19th century Japanese woodblock prints, Botticelli's Birth of Venus, traditional samurai swords, Dada photo collage, yakuza tattoos, Michelangelo's Laurentian Library, manga and anime characters, and 1960's psychedelia. About the only thing you won't find in Yokoo's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink aesthetic is any trace of hard-edged abstraction.


Images via Pink Tentacle, A Journey Round My Skull and Random Index. More pics at the links.
[Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

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Can You Survive Your Journey Into The Style Vortex Of Tadanori Yokoo? [Maybe NSFW]

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Can You Survive Your Journey Into The Style Vortex Of Tadanori Yokoo? [Maybe NSFW]

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Can You Survive Your Journey Into The Style Vortex Of Tadanori Yokoo? [Maybe NSFW]

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