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Tadanori Yokoo, Fondation Cartier – The Inhabitants

35 €

Playing on styles from different eras, Tadanori Yokoo has developed a singular language that adopts graphic elements from classic Japanese culture and Western references alike. In 2014, eight years after his first exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, he was entrusted with the creation of a series of portraits of the artists, thinkers, and scientists who marked the history of the Fondation Cartier. During three months, Tadanori Yokoo dedicated himself to the realization of these portraits, creating one painting a day, sometimes two, or even three. In 2018, new portraits of personalities close to the Fondation Cartier were added to this series of 133 portraits, reaching 124 paintings. This book gathers together all these portraits, each one in a unique style and adapted to the subject, revealing the talent and great liberty of interpretation of Tadanori Yokoo.

Editor Publication Kokushokankokai Inc., Tokyo
Languages Bilingual Japanese/English version

Hardback, 28,6 × 23 cm, 168 pages
124 color reproductions

With a text by Hélène Kelmachter

Design Larry Kazal, Paris
ISBN 978-4-336-06333-5
Release July 2019

Tadanori Yokoo

Born in 1936 in Nishiwaki, Japan, Tadanori Yokoo is an illustrator and a master of graphic design, as well as a designer of Kabuki sets and costumes. Awarded the Grand Prize for Prints at the 6th Paris Youth Biennale in 1969, Tadanori Yokoo experimented with collage and illustration, which reflected on the rapid change and Westernisation of Japan post-war society. In 1972, the MoMA organized his first international solo show. Openly referencing Western painters, he cultivates a great variety of genres and styles, making eclecticism his pictorial signature. In 2006, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain organized his first solo painting exhibition in Europe.