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Keiichi Tanaami
 
Keiichi Tanaami is looked upon as the forerunner of Japanese Pop Art and is one of the country's most influential artists. Born in 1936 as the son of a textile wholesaler, he was nine years old when he experienced the bombing of Tokyo towards the end of World War II. He studied at the Musahino Art University, visited Andy Warhol in New York in 1969, worked with both Robert Rauschenberg and art critic Michel Tapié during their travels to Japan, and designed record covers for Jefferson Airplane and The Monkees. He maintained a successful career as an illustrator and a graphic designer throughout the 1960s and early '70s, and was appointed as the first artistic director of the Japanese edition of Playboy magazine in 1975. With an infinite artistic appetite, Tanaami continues working across all boundaries, embracing painting, sculpture, performance and film, as well as a professor on the Faculty of Information Design at the Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan.

See also Keiichi Tanaami & Oliver Payne.
 
(external link: keiichitanaami.com)
 

 
2019
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United Dead Artists
The Japanese master's new large-format artist's book: a graphic hallucination on 40 pages of Bichrocolor collage drawings.

2019
English edition
Nieves
Artist's book.

2017
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United Dead Artists
Set in a grotesque and colorful decorum, the new kaleidoscopic visions of Keiichi Tanaami intertwine the obsessional patterns of the great Japanese master—eyes, military aircraft, eroticized flesh, and pop culture icons.

2015
United Dead Artists
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With Grotesque female creatures, atomic lightbeams, skulls, Pop monsters and ukiyo-e decoration... These polychromic hallucinations of a Master of Psychedelic art were inspired by a near-death experience.

2013
English edition
Edition Patrick Frey
A group of recently discovered sculptural works created by the Japanese pop-art pioneer Keiichi Tanaami in the 1980s.

2011
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Nieves
29 highly surreal works by Keiichi Tanaami.