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Painter, b. 1936 -

Tadanori Yokoo (Yokoo Tadanori, born 27 June 1936 in Hyogo Prefecture) is a Japanese graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter. Tadanori Yokoo, born in Nishiwaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, in 1936, is one of Japan's most successful and internationally recognized graphic designers and artists. He began his career as a stage designer for avant garde theatre in Tokyo. His early work shows the influence of the New York-based Push Pin Studio (Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast in particular), but Yokoo cites filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and writer Yukio Mishima as two of his most formative influences.

In the late 1960s he became interested in mysticism and psychedelia, deepened by travels in India. Because his work was so attuned to 1960s pop culture, he has often been (unfairly) described as the "Japanese Andy Warhol" or likened to psychedelic poster artist Peter Max, but Yokoo's complex and multi-layered imagery is intensely autobiographical and entirely original.

By the late 60s he had achieved international recognition for his work and was included in the 1968 "Word & Image" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Four years later MoMA mounted a solo exhibition of his graphic work organized by Mildred Constantine. Yokoo collaborated extensively with Shuji Terayama and his theater Tenjo Sajiki. He starred as a protagonist in Nagisa Oshima's film Diary of a Shinjuku Thief.

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              • Old Original 1970s Takeda Cosmetics Poster Yokoo Design
                Apr. 20, 2024

                Old Original 1970s Takeda Cosmetics Poster Yokoo Design

                Est: $400 - $600

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Takeda Cosmetics for Men Offset 1974 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A-) tiny loss in the top left corner#Japan #Hygiene/Cosmetics #Design

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              • Original 1970s Tadanori Yokoo Japanese Design Poster
                Apr. 20, 2024

                Original 1970s Tadanori Yokoo Japanese Design Poster

                Est: $500 - $700

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Offset 1974 37.4 x 25.1 in. (95 x 64 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) one tiny tear and minimal creasing at the upper left edge#Japan #Netherlands #Modern

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              • TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Yukio Mishima acrylic on canvas 33.5 x 24.5 cm. (1
                Apr. 02, 2024

                TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Yukio Mishima acrylic on canvas 33.5 x 24.5 cm. (1

                Est: $50,000 - $100,000

                TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Yukio Mishima acrylic on canvas 33.5 x 24.5 cm. (13 1⁄4 x 9 5⁄8 in.)

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              • TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Reason and Emotion glasses, fish string, acrylic o
                Apr. 02, 2024

                TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Reason and Emotion glasses, fish string, acrylic o

                Est: $80,000 - $180,000

                TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Reason and Emotion glasses, fish string, acrylic on canvas 45.5 x 38 cm. (17 7⁄8 x 15 in.)

                Christie's
              • TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Tadanori Yokoo Exhibition Posters exhibition poste
                Mar. 20, 2024

                TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Tadanori Yokoo Exhibition Posters exhibition poste

                Est: $80,000 - $120,000

                TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Tadanori Yokoo Exhibition Posters exhibition posters (a set of twenty-four) 51.5 x 36.5 cm. (20 1⁄4 x 14 3⁄8 in.) (1) 59.5 x 42 cm. (23 3⁄8 x 16 1⁄2 in.) (1) 72 x 51.8 cm. (28 3⁄8 x 20 3⁄8 in.) (1) 73 x 51.5 cm. (28 3⁄4 x 20 1⁄4 in.) (4) 75 x 53 cm. (29 1⁄2 x 20 7⁄8 in.) (1) 94 x 74.5 cm. (37 x 29 3⁄8 in.) (1) 103 x 73 cm. (40 1⁄2 x 28 3⁄4 in.) (15) (24)

                Christie's
              • TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Tadanori Yokoo Design Posters design posters (a se
                Mar. 20, 2024

                TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Tadanori Yokoo Design Posters design posters (a se

                Est: $80,000 - $120,000

                TADANORI YOKOO (B. 1936) Tadanori Yokoo Design Posters design posters (a set of thirty-eight) 73 x 51.5 cm. (28 3⁄4 x 20 1⁄4 in.) (4) 84 x 59.5 cm. (33 1⁄8 x 23 3⁄8 in.) (1) 103 x 73 cm. (40 1⁄2 x 28 3⁄4 in.) (33) (38)

                Christie's
              • Yuhi Shosestu. 1968.
                Mar. 03, 2024

                Yuhi Shosestu. 1968.

                Est: $5,000 - $6,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 1/2 x 40 3/8 in./72.5 x 102.5 cm PRINTER: DESCRIPTION: “By this time Yokoo had made himself the undisputed master of pattern composition using traditional forms; his fans had increased; and his designs and illustrations were beginning to acquire an objective civil rights overtone. Expressions like ‘Oooah-ha-ha’ and ‘Yaah-Yaah,’ which appear among the captions for this poster, could have been picked straight out of a cartoon strip, but as always with Yokoo’s work, they serve to accentuate the effect of the poster’s visual affront to the senses. Moreover, this poster was the third that Yokoo completed after his return to Japan from his first visit to America, and the influence of the psychedelic hippy posters that were the rage in New York at the time is noticeable in his use of fluorescent inks. The poster advertises a tent show to be given Saturdays in an underground shopping plaza adjacent to Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station, a major rail terminal. Seibu (at bottom) is one of the sponsoring advertisers” (Yokoo, p. 8). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo)

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              • The Hunchback of Aomori Prefecture. 1967.
                Mar. 03, 2024

                The Hunchback of Aomori Prefecture. 1967.

                Est: $3,000 - $4,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 3/4 x 40 1/2 in./78 x 102.8 cm PRINTER: DESCRIPTION: Yokoo created this quite haunting image for the performance of The Hunchback in Aomori Prefecture at the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo; he also created the stage designs. “In Terayama’s [play], a former servant who was raped by her master and forced to abandon her hunchbacked baby has survived to become the last of the master’s family. Now a grotesque dowager in old-fashioned Western finery, she seeks vengeance by obsessively seducing and tormenting all the young men she meets. Her latest willing, masochistic victim is a hunchback thief, who may or may not be her lost son. A virginal young female narrator-singer also claims the love of the murdered boy—perhaps killed by his own mother in orgiastic, incestuous frenzy or in hatred. Because the town’s family records were stolen to cover up the birth, his identity is unverifiable. The play ends ambiguously, and the truth remains unknown” (Modern Japanese Theatre and Performance, edited by David Jortner, Keiko McDonald, and Kevin J. Wetmore Jr., p. 70). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Theatre)

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              • Having Reached a Climax at the Age of 29. 1965.
                Mar. 03, 2024

                Having Reached a Climax at the Age of 29. 1965.

                Est: $8,000 - $10,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 1/2 x 39 5/8 in./72.3 x 100.7 cm PRINTER: DESCRIPTION: “A great deal of public interest was aroused by the ‘Persona Exhibition,’ a group exhibition by 16 designers, which opened at the Matsuya Department Store in the Ginza section of Tokyo in November of 1965. Yokoo, who had held his first one-man exhibition at the Yoshida Gallery in Nihonbashi that February, had excited the interest of both his fellow designers and art critics... It was Yokoo’s collection of posters which became the major talking point of the ‘Persona Exhibition.’ This poster was created especially for the [exhibition]. The caption to the poster is of a derisive nature and aimed at the artist himself: it is in English, perhaps because the message was meant to reach a world audience. It might be that the corpse hanging by its neck, centered against a background of the bright rays of a rising sun gleaming in a blue sky, a single full-blown rose clasped tightly in one hand, represents the artist’s departure from his previous style... The photograph of the baby in the bottom corner is the artist himself at the age of one and a half... What creates the powerful impression made by this poster is the strong contrast of red and blue in the pattern of the rising sun. We often come across this pattern in Oriental references by Western artists; one reason why it may be considered inherently Japanese may possibly be its association in the mind with the flag used by the former Japanese Empire” (Yokoo, p. 6). (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Exhibitions)

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              • Poster by Tadanori Yokoo - The Museum of Modern Art, New York Word Image
                Feb. 10, 2024

                Poster by Tadanori Yokoo - The Museum of Modern Art, New York Word Image

                Est: €1,200 - €2,500

                The Museum of Modern Art, New York Word Image - 43,5x123,5, 1968, silkscreen by Tadanori Yokoo (1936-)

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              • Poster by Tadanori Yokoo - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Tadanori Yokoo
                Feb. 10, 2024

                Poster by Tadanori Yokoo - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Tadanori Yokoo

                Est: €100 - €250

                Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Tadanori Yokoo - 63,5x95, 1974 by Tadanori Yokoo (1936-)

                Van Sabben Poster Auctions
              • Original 2000s MoMA NYC Tadanori Yokoo Design Poster
                Feb. 08, 2024

                Original 2000s MoMA NYC Tadanori Yokoo Design Poster

                Est: $300 - $400

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - MoMA - The 2000 Series - Tadanori Yokoo Offset 2000 33 x 22 in. (84 x 56 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #USA #Japan #Modern #Design

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              • Original 1980s Tadanori Yokoo Art Design Poster Tokyo
                Feb. 08, 2024

                Original 1980s Tadanori Yokoo Art Design Poster Tokyo

                Est: $300 - $400

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Tokyo: Form und Spirit - Walker Art Center Offset 1986 35.8 x 25.1 in. (91 x 64 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #Japan #Art #Modern

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              • Tadanori Yokoo, Original Vintage Japanese Poster
                Dec. 16, 2023

                Tadanori Yokoo, Original Vintage Japanese Poster

                Est: £50 - £70

                Title: Tadanori Yokoo: Sight of the Memory (Okanoyama Museum of Art, Nishiwaki) Exhibition Date: 2000 Size: B2 Ref: JGKPA087

                JG Auction
              • Tadanori Yokoo (Japanese, b. 1936) Ballad Dedicated to an Amputated Little Finger (A Ballad Dedicated to the Small Finger Cutting Ceremony), 1966
                Dec. 14, 2023

                Tadanori Yokoo (Japanese, b. 1936) Ballad Dedicated to an Amputated Little Finger (A Ballad Dedicated to the Small Finger Cutting Ceremony), 1966

                Est: $3,000 - $5,000

                Tadanori Yokoo (Japanese, b. 1936) Ballad Dedicated to an Amputated Little Finger (A Ballad Dedicated to the Small Finger Cutting Ceremony), 1966 screenprint 40 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches.

                Hindman
              • Tadanori Yokoo (Japanese, b. 1936) A La Maison De M. Civecawa, 1965
                Dec. 14, 2023

                Tadanori Yokoo (Japanese, b. 1936) A La Maison De M. Civecawa, 1965

                Est: $3,000 - $5,000

                Tadanori Yokoo (Japanese, b. 1936) A La Maison De M. Civecawa, 1965 screenprint 40 x 28 inches.

                Hindman
              • Blue Wonderland
                Dec. 14, 2023

                Blue Wonderland

                Est: ¥100,000 - ¥150,000

                each signed, each inscribed A.P., the full sheets

                Mallet Auction
              • Rare Original Vintage 1970s Tadanori Yokoo Design Poster Amnesty
                Oct. 28, 2023

                Rare Original Vintage 1970s Tadanori Yokoo Design Poster Amnesty

                Est: $700 - $1,000

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Amnesty International Offset 1977 32.2 x 24 in. (82 x 61 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) minimal creasing at the edges#Japan #Amnesty International #Design

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              • Original 1970s Japanese Graphic Design Poster YOKOO
                Oct. 28, 2023

                Original 1970s Japanese Graphic Design Poster YOKOO

                Est: $700 - $1,000

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Haizuka Printing Offset 1977 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) minimal creasing at the edges#Japan #Printing #Modern #Design

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              • Original c 2000s Tadanori Yokoo Art Poster Yayoi Museum
                Sep. 30, 2023

                Original c 2000s Tadanori Yokoo Art Poster Yayoi Museum

                Est: $150 - $200

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Japanese - The World of Edogawa Ranpo - Yayoi Art Museum Offset ca. 2000 20 x 14.1 in. (51 x 36 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #Japan #Modern #Art

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              • Original 2000s MoMA NYC Tadanori Yokoo Design Poster
                Sep. 30, 2023

                Original 2000s MoMA NYC Tadanori Yokoo Design Poster

                Est: $300 - $400

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - MoMA - The 2000 Series - Tadanori Yokoo Offset 2000 33 x 22 in. (84 x 56 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #USA #Japan #Modern #Design

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              • Original 1980s Tadanori Yokoo Art Design Poster Tokyo
                Sep. 30, 2023

                Original 1980s Tadanori Yokoo Art Design Poster Tokyo

                Est: $300 - $400

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Tokyo: Form und Spirit - Walker Art Center Offset 1986 35.8 x 25.1 in. (91 x 64 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #Japan #Art #Modern

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              • Original 1970s Yokoo Modern Design Poster Romance
                Sep. 30, 2023

                Original 1970s Yokoo Modern Design Poster Romance

                Est: $700 - $1,000

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Romance Offset 1978 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #Japan #Design

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              • ARE YOU READY FOR SURPRISE? 2WORKS
                Jul. 30, 2023

                ARE YOU READY FOR SURPRISE? 2WORKS

                Est: ¥50,000 - ¥80,000

                lithograph, sheet size : 49.8×33.0 cm image size : 40.4×28.3 cm

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              • RING RING BELLS/ Shangri-la is here/ Are You Ready for Surprise? II
                Jul. 27, 2023

                RING RING BELLS/ Shangri-la is here/ Are You Ready for Surprise? II

                Est: ¥150,000 - ¥200,000

                two signed in pencil, one numbered 157/200, published by Sakata Tokei Boeki, Japan ('Are You Ready for Surprise? II'), each framed

                Mallet Auction
              • Chinsetsu Yumihari-Zuki. 1969.
                Jul. 18, 2023

                Chinsetsu Yumihari-Zuki. 1969.

                Est: $3,000 - $4,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 3/4 x 40 3/4 in./73 x 103.5 cm DESCRIPTION: This poster “was created by Yokoo from suggestions given to him by Yukio Mishima, who was both producing and handling the art direction for the Kabuki performance at the Kokuritsu Gekijo—The National Theater—of ‘Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo,’ his own adaptation of the story by Edo writer Kyokutei Bakin” (Yokoo, p. 10). Yokoo heavily references traditional Japanese ukiyo-e art in this design, including a play on Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print, “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.” This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Theatre)

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              • Diary of a Shinjuku Thief. 1968.
                Jul. 18, 2023

                Diary of a Shinjuku Thief. 1968.

                Est: $4,000 - $5,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 x 39 1/4 in./71 x 99.5 cm DESCRIPTION: “For his film, ‘Diary of a Shinjuku Thief,’ director Nagisa Oshima chose Tadanori Yokoo for the leading role. Speaking about this in the introduction to ‘The Collected Works of Tadanori Yokoo,’ poet Mutsuro Takahashi writes: ‘Leaving aside for the moment any comment on the film itself, which evoked a clamor of public criticism against its director... I think I can say that for Tadanori it provided the first opportunity to become someone else in a true sense. For some time, he claimed that he had a fondness for dressing up, and it is probably true that he experienced a kind of catharsis by appearing in the film. But as the film itself did not clearly establish the relationship between fact and fiction, so the relationship between Tadanori himself and the hero he was playing was equally vague... The coloring for the poster for his own film tends to be slightly lacking in assertiveness, and this is due to the fact that black was replaced by grey in the final monochrome plate” (Yokoo, p. 9). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Film)

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              • John Silver. 1967.
                Jul. 18, 2023

                John Silver. 1967.

                Est: $4,000 - $5,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 29 x 40 1/8 in./73.7 x 102 cm DESCRIPTION: “Enclosed in a frame of hanafuda, the poster for John Silver, with its Japanese coiffured silhouette, is made to resemble closely one for a strip show done in a rather lewd ukiyo-e style, but it also accurately represents the feeling of rejection of, and superiority over, the already obsolescent Shinpa (The New Theatre), which affected a rather cultured air, and those ideas that supported it, which permeated the ‘Jokyo Gekijo’ theatre itself, are hard-hitting, but at the same time have overtones of pathos... John Silver is the title of a play presented by the ‘Jokyo Gekijo’ group. Note the four advertisements in the corners, placed there by cosponsors of the event” (Yokoo, p. 6). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Theatre)

                Poster Auctions International Inc
              • Man-Powered Airplane Solomon. 1970.
                Jul. 18, 2023

                Man-Powered Airplane Solomon. 1970.

                Est: $7,000 - $9,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 31 x 42 3/4 in./78.8 x 108.7 cm DESCRIPTION: In another promotion for the Tenjo Sajiki theatre troupe, Yokoo provides us with a vibrating vision of urban and exotic romance. The play was in fact unusual as it took place on the streets of Tokyo (and in the streets where the play traveled internationally) and involved innocent bystanders in the action. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Theatre)

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              • The Crime of Debuko Ooyama. 1968.
                Jul. 18, 2023

                The Crime of Debuko Ooyama. 1968.

                Est: $6,000 - $8,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 29 3/8 x 42 in./74.5 x 106.5 cm DESCRIPTION: Tenjo Sajiki, an independent, underground theatre group founded in 1967, commissioned this poster from Yokoo for the second year of its avant-garde production The Crime of Debuko Ooyama. It's an "enlarged version of an oiri-bukuro, the envelope that contains the bonus actors receive when a play is a hit. The white shapes that dominate the poster are bloated versions of the characters for oiri, which means 'overflow crowd.' The inset in the lower right corner mimics the patriotic motifs and imagery used frequently in Japanese posters around the turn of the century. Tenjo Sajiki originally conceived of itself as a 'freak show,' and... The Crime of Ooyama accomplished its purposes by using obese actresses and body builders in the nude and seminude" (Angura: Posters of the Japanese Avant-Garde, by David Goodman). This is an early and rare silkscreen poster. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Theatre)

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              • A la Maison de Civecawa. 1965.
                Jul. 18, 2023

                A la Maison de Civecawa. 1965.

                Est: $6,000 - $8,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 29 x 41 in./73.7 x 104.2 cm DESCRIPTION: “This poster was created for a performance by the ‘Anokoku Buto-Ha,’ the dance troupe led by dancer Tatsumi Hijikata, the owner of the Garumella Company... This poster is in fact the first where he used the famous rising sun pattern which became synonymous with the ‘Yokoo style’ in posters and illustrations, and should be remembered as being the work in which he established his own style of design... The two female nudes in the center of the poster are the work of Natsuyuki Nakanishi, the art director for the troupe, and are after the painting ‘Gabrielle Distole and Her Sister’ by an unknown artist of the Fontainebleau School... And just like the sideshow atmosphere of the dance performance itself, [the poster] invests the performance with a kind of lewdness and a terrifying fear and curiosity, the nature of which is unknown. Or, put another way, the poster becomes a visual criticism of modern dance which has become completely sanitary and harmless and no more than a mere imitation of form” (Yokoo, p. 7). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Dance; Japanese)

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              • Change Izu 2000 Festival of the New Tourism in the Izu Pininsula
                Jun. 11, 2023

                Change Izu 2000 Festival of the New Tourism in the Izu Pininsula

                Est: €1,000 - €2,000

                Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen

                Mirabaud-Mercier
              • TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ). WORD IMAGE. 1968. 48½x17 inches, 123¼x43¼ cm. Poster Originals Ltd., [New York].
                May. 18, 2023

                TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ). WORD IMAGE. 1968. 48½x17 inches, 123¼x43¼ cm. Poster Originals Ltd., [New York].

                Est: $2,500 - $3,500

                TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) WORD IMAGE. 1968. 48 1/2x17 inches, 123 1/4x43 1/4 cm. Poster Originals Ltd., [New York]. Condition B+: repaired tears, creases and abrasions at edges and in image; repaired pin holes in corners; minor scuffing in image. Silkscreen. Mounted on Japan. For the seminal exhibition of 20th century posters from the Museum of Modern Art's own collection, curator Mildred Constantine assembled what Rita Reif referred to as "a landmark presentation that helped define the medium for scholars, graphics specialists and collectors" ( New York Times, June 26, 1988). The exhibition focused as much on contemporary images as historical ones, and the curators put extra emphasis on the contemporary state of graphic design by choosing Tadanori Yokoo to design the exhibition poster. For this golden opportunity, he created a very synthetic image with no typography within the image to distract the viewer. Using mouths and one large eye, he perfectly evokes the concept of "word" and "image." He employs the rays of the rising sun, one of his favorite and recurring motifs, but here, makes the colors red, white and blue for America rather than the Japanese red and white. Yokoo 546.

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              • Change Izu 2000 Festival of the New Tourism in the Izu Pininsula
                May. 11, 2023

                Change Izu 2000 Festival of the New Tourism in the Izu Pininsula

                Est: €1,000 - €2,000

                Affiche entoilée/ Vintage Poster on Linnen

                Mirabaud-Mercier
              • Original 2000s Tadanori Yokoo Art Poster Odakyu Museum
                Apr. 22, 2023

                Original 2000s Tadanori Yokoo Art Poster Odakyu Museum

                Est: $600 - $900

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Odakyu Museum of Art - Shuji Terayama Exhibition Offset 2000 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #Japan #Art #Modern

                PosterConnection Inc.
              • Original 2000 Yokoo Japanese Design Poster Millennium
                Apr. 22, 2023

                Original 2000 Yokoo Japanese Design Poster Millennium

                Est: $500 - $700

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Tadanori Yokoo Poster Art 2000 Millennium Offset 2000 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #Japan #Design #Modern

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              • Original 1990 Tadanori Yokoo Poster Borin Eco Expo
                Apr. 22, 2023

                Original 1990 Tadanori Yokoo Poster Borin Eco Expo

                Est: $500 - $700

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Bonin Island Eco Expo Offset 1998 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) #Japan #Design #Modern #Environment

                PosterConnection Inc.
              • Original 1990s Yokoo Film Poster Perfect Education
                Apr. 22, 2023

                Original 1990s Yokoo Film Poster Perfect Education

                Est: $500 - $700

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - The Perfect Education (Film) Offset 1998 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) minimal creasing at the edges#Japan #Design #Film

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              • Original 1970s Tadanori Yokoo Suntory Beer Poster
                Apr. 22, 2023

                Original 1970s Tadanori Yokoo Suntory Beer Poster

                Est: $600 - $800

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Suntory Beer - All Aluminum Can Offset 1978 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (A) tiny tears and minimal creasing in the right margin-#Japan #Modern #Design #Food & Beverages

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              • Original 1970s Tadanori Yokoo Design Poster Haizuka
                Apr. 22, 2023

                Original 1970s Tadanori Yokoo Design Poster Haizuka

                Est: $600 - $800

                Yokoo, Tadanori 1936 - Greeting Haizuka Offset 1974 40.5 x 28.7 in. (103 x 73 cm) Printer: no information Condition Details: (B+) small paper loss at the upper left edge, tiny edge tears#Japan #Printing #Modern #Design

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              • A Noh Play. 1969.
                Mar. 26, 2023

                A Noh Play. 1969.

                Est: $3,000 - $4,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 1/2 x 40 1/2 in./72.5 x 103 cm DESCRIPTION: “The psychedelic-style Noh mask, with its eyes, eyebrows, nostrils, and lips edged in primary colors, endows the original, subtle, and profound nature inherent in Noh with modern overtones. This poster took the UNESCO Awards at the 5th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw. It announces a series of four Noh performances, to be given a month apart by the ‘Mayu no Kai’ troupe” (Yokoo, p. 8). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Theatre)

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              • John Silver. 1967.
                Mar. 26, 2023

                John Silver. 1967.

                Est: $3,000 - $4,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 29 1/8 x 40 3/8 in./74 x 102.6 cm DESCRIPTION: “Enclosed in a frame of hanafuda, the poster for John Silver, with its Japanese coiffured silhouette, is made to resemble closely one for a strip show done in a rather lewd ukiyo-e style, but it also accurately represents the feeling of rejection of, and superiority over, the already obsolescent Shinpa (The New Theatre), which affected a rather cultured air, and those ideas that supported it, which permeated the ‘Jokyo Gekijo’ theatre itself, are hard-hitting, but at the same time have overtones of pathos... John Silver is the title of a play presented by the ‘Jokyo Gekijo’ group. Note the four advertisements in the corners, placed there by cosponsors of the event” (Yokoo, p. 6). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Theatre)

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              • Hibari Misora. 1966.
                Mar. 26, 2023

                Hibari Misora. 1966.

                Est: $7,000 - $9,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 3/4 x 40 3/8 in./73 x 102.5 cm DESCRIPTION: “Enka” music can best be described as Japanese blues, melancholy strains overflowing with yearning for loves lost and one’s home town. And Hibari Misora is probably the most famous Enka performer to have ever lived. She began singing as a Kyoto teenager in the 1950s and continued right up to her sudden death in 1989. She was only 52 years old. She is often thought of as having comforted Japan through the difficult recovery from the devastation of the war years, and her name, which one has to assume is a stage name, roughly translates to “Skylark (in the) Beautiful Sky.” She made more than 300 records and recorded over 1,400 songs in her life. Yokoo concocts a multicultural graphic stew to set the legendary entertainer in the public’s eye, complete with a cameo of Lyndon Johnson and a rather derisive appearance by The Beatles, here transformed into “The Beates,” a quartet of heart-nabbing vampires. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Music)

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              • Bunraku Play “Chinzei, Hachiro Tametomo.” 1970.
                Mar. 26, 2023

                Bunraku Play “Chinzei, Hachiro Tametomo.” 1970.

                Est: $7,000 - $9,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 1/2 x 40 in./72.4 x 101.6 cm DESCRIPTION: “In his introduction to ‘The Collected Works of Yokoo,’ poet Mutsuro Takahashi remarks: ‘The best medium for Kabuki posters is nishiki-e, or color woodblock prints. Since Yokoo had no skill in this technique, the only course open to him was to produce a thoroughgoing Hokusai fake... Yukio Mishima [was] both producing and handling the art direction for the Kabuki performance at the Kokuritsu Gekijo—The National Theatre—of Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo, his own adaptation of the story by Edo writer Kyokutei Bakin. In 1970, the year after the Kabuki performance, Yukio Mishima took his own life in a ritualistic Japanese suicide. Following his death, the play was once again presented at the Kokuritsu Gekijo, this time as a Bunraku puppet play. For the poster for this performance, Yokoo added fresh colors to the original monochrome plate for [the 1969 poster; see Yokoo, 47], and his gloomy design of a gray curtain obscuring its upper half symbolizes his mourning for the dead Mishima. The poster for the Bunraku production received the Silver Award at the International Graphic Art Biennale held in Brno, Czechoslovakia” (Yokoo, p. 10). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Theatre)

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              • The Aesthetics of End. 1966.
                Mar. 26, 2023

                The Aesthetics of End. 1966.

                Est: $7,000 - $9,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 29 x 40 1/4 in./73.5 x 102.2 cm DESCRIPTION: “In April 1966, the Japanese author [Yukio Mishima] published a series of essays for young women in the women’s magazine, Josei Jishin. (A series for young men was published in Pocket Panchi Oh!) Paralleling the portrait of the virile Mishima in the upper left, Yokoo has placed the figure of a half-naked woman expressing breast milk at the upper right, perhaps alluding to a scene in a 1956 novel by Mishima, ‘The Temple of the Golden Pavilion,’ in which a woman offers breast milk to a man in a tea bowl. To this gender dynamic, the poster adds references to nation, with the rays of the rising sun, the locomotive’s steam in a shape reminiscent of the Japanese archipelago, lotus flowers, and the woodblock-inspired waves” (Elegance & Extravaganza : Japanese Posters from the Merrill C. Berman Collection, p. 75). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Literary)

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              • Koshimaki-Osen. 1966.
                Mar. 26, 2023

                Koshimaki-Osen. 1966.

                Est: $8,000 - $10,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 1/4 x 39 7/8 in./71.8 x 101.4 cm DESCRIPTION: An early, award-winning work by the artist, this poster’s English title is “Osen in Petticoats,” and references the inaugural performance of the 1960s troupe Jokyo Gekijo. Part of the counterculture movement, this troupe challenged traditional Japanese theatre while also acting as a mouthpiece of protest toward larger issues. “It followed that any poster for a performance by the ‘Jokyo Gekijo’ also had to take the form of visual agitation, [and] the posters Yokoo created... [reflect these] intentions exactly” (Yokoo p. 8). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Theatre)

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              • The Ballad to a Severed Little Finger. 1966.
                Mar. 26, 2023

                The Ballad to a Severed Little Finger. 1966.

                Est: $8,000 - $10,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 28 1/8 x 40 1/4 in./71.5 x 102.2 cm DESCRIPTION: “Someone Yokoo greatly admired was Ken Takakura, the superstar of yakuza (gangster) movies, who took the world by storm during the so-called Showa Genroku—The Golden Period of Showa—a flourishing cultural style of the mid-1960s... This poster was completed before Yokoo became acquainted with Takakura, and it is a sort of fan letter. In the Japanese underworld, it was a custom to show loyalty to the gangster boss by cutting off a portion of one’s little finger; here, Yokoo symbolically severs his little digit to prove his admiration for Takakura. The poster advertises a book; the name of the author, Kenji Kanezaka, and his picture are in the coin at right; Yokoo’s name, picture and credit as illustrator appear in the coin at left. Going down the sides of the poster are phrases then in vogue in movies in which Takakura acted, such as ‘Tokyo’s Where It’s At’ (right) and ‘Not All Men Are Fit For Crime’ (left)” (Yokoo, p. 7). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Literary)

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              • The Wonders of Life on Earth. 1966.
                Mar. 26, 2023

                The Wonders of Life on Earth. 1966.

                Est: $10,000 - $12,000

                ARTIST: TADANORI YOKOO (1936- ) SIZE: 29 x 40 7/8 in./73.6 x 103.7 cm DESCRIPTION: This is one of Yokoo's earliest posters, but already his distinct style is fully apparent: he's combined Japanese Manga and American Pop Art styles with a modern superhero aesthetic. This design was created to promote a book by Isamu Kurita, for which Yokoo also made illustrations. In the book, Kurita wrote, "'In considering illustration now in its newer, broader sense, we can think of it as having the position within the sphere of design which adds flesh to words, sounds and forms... Illustrations are likely to continue to search out new principles of distribution within society.' Certainly it can be said that... illustrations, graphic design and posters are art forms which, as Kurita states, are opening up the possibility of acquiring a new form of community spirit... Yokoo's poster for 'The City and Design' was reduced in size and used as an illustration at the beginning of the book... The globe at left suggests that the world is still 'under construction' and therefore it is up to us to complete it" (Yokoo, p. 6). This is a silkscreen print. (Modern; Artist: Yokoo; Japanese; Literary)

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