Keiichi Tanaami - two booklets

Keiichi Tanaami


Keiichi Tanaami - two small zines sold as a set, "Tears of Dreams" and "Collages, 1969-1973" "Collages 1969-1973" is 27 pages, 5 x 7 inches, produced for a 2015 exhibition by Corbett vs Dempsey / ISBN 9780990469681

"Tears of Dreams" is 24 pages, 5.5 x 7.25 inches, featuring more of Tanaami's crazy collages, published by Nieves & Innen

This artist is rather intense so buyer beware!


The kaleidoscopically simmering works of Keiichi Tanaami (*1936) interlink the American comic world, psychedelic nightmares and Japanese culture. The colourful compositions create a cosmos of their own and tell about war and disease in a surprisingly concrete way. As a child during the Second World War the artist experienced the US air attacks on Tokyo and these became important motifs in his art: roaring American bombers, Japanese searchlights, his grandfather’s deformed goldfish.

Keiichi Tanaami is looked upon as the forerunner of Japanese Pop Art and is one of the country’s most influential artists. His career began in the 1960s in the field of tension, typical of the time, between commissioned art and the anti-art movement, experiments with drugs and consumer culture.

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