2017 / LACMA /1960s-70s era Japanese graphic design exhibition at Japanese Pavilion, Oct. 15, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Awazu Kiyoshi, “The 5th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture” 1973, offset lithograph. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Marc Treib Collection. © Awazu Kiyoshi Estate, photo ©Museum Associates/LACMA

Awazu Kiyoshi, “The 5th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture” 1973, offset lithograph. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Marc Treib Collection. © Awazu Kiyoshi Estate, photo ©Museum Associates/LACMA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Awazu Kiyoshi, Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated

October 15, 2016–May 7, 2017
Pavilion for Japanese Art

Designer and artist Awazu Kiyoshi (1929–2009) devoted his career to political advocacy and collaborations within Tokyo’s artistic community.

In stark contrast to the prevailing modernist dogma, which sought universal and impersonal set of symbols, Awazu imbued his expressive, hand-drawn designs with local traditions.

He argued that the designer’s mission was “to extend the rural into the city, foreground the folklore, reawaken the past, summon back the outdated.”

Awazu Kiyoshi Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated focuses on Awazu’s books and posters from the late 1960s through the 1970s.

This exhibition is included in general admission. www.lacma.org

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