The biographical blurb on Keiichi Tanaami’s webpage begins, “A magazine that is packed to the brim with human interests and desires bears a strong resemblance to who I am as a person.”
“Keiichi Tanaami Dialogue” at the Kyoto ddd gallery is all about the graphic designer/animator/artist’s formative and long-explored experiences at an extremity of pop culture. His sometimes innocent, sometimes pornographic, influences percolated, exploded and re-formed in multiple and mutant ways in a career that took off in the 1960s and is still going strong. The exhibition’s 20-odd recent prints and animation clips, earlier sculptures and collaborations with apparel brands, and stacks of books, magazines and tableware products, amount to an almost spiritual overview of his occupations.
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