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Tadanori Yokoo Representing Japan


Tadanori Yokoo was born in 1936 in Nishiwaki, Japan. He received worldwide fame in the 1960s as a graphic artist who was among the first to translate the loud, fast language of Pop art, back into commercial illustration. He exhibited his vibrant poster designs extensively, before becoming a painter full-time. Among his shows in 1981, were at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Hamburg's Museum for Art and Craft, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Venice Biennale, and Yokohama's Hayashibara Museum.


Since 1981, Yokoo has shown at the Otani Memorial Art Museum, the Publicity Museum in Paris, the Toyama Museum of Modern Art, the Biennale de Paris, the Sao Paulo Bienal, Berlin's Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, Denmark, the Centre Pompidou, Laforet, Sezon, Metropolitan, and many other museums in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and other venues in Japan.


Museums all over his native country have collected his work, and Yokoo is also in the collections of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Daten Museum in Rome, Vienna's Museum of 20th Century Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Zurich's Museum of Art and Design, the Japan Museum in Jerusalem, Genoa's Museum of Modern Art, and many others.

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