2015 / Ikko Style: The Graphic Art of Ikko Tanaka, Apr 02 – Aug 02

Ikko TANAKA (1930-2002), Close-up of Japan, London 1985 (Detail), Japan, 1985, Offset. Gift of Tanaka Ikko Design Room. (Collection of USC Pacific Asia Museum)

Ikko TANAKA (1930-2002), Close-up of Japan, London 1985 (Detail), Japan, 1985, Offset. Gift of Tanaka Ikko Design Room. (Collection of USC Pacific Asia Museum)

USC PAM Changing Exhibitions Gallery

The Changing Exhibition Galleries at USC Pacific Asia Museum (Cultural News Photo)

USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena

April 2 – August 2, 2015

Ikko Style: The Graphic Art of Ikko Tanaka presents the work of Ikko Tanaka, one of the leading graphic designers in Japan in the second half of the 20th century.

Ikko Style provides a colorful look into how the artist’s ideas were visualized and transmitted to a broad audience. Over 40 posters will be on view, all of which are part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Tanaka’s style is provocative yet timeless, drawing visual idioms from his cultural background and redefining them with the collective imagination of the present time.

Born in Nara, the cradle of Japanese civilization, educated in Kyoto, the imperial capital and the cultural hub of Japan, and starting his career in Osaka, the city of commerce and art patronage, Tanaka was well situated to be a successful graphic master in Tokyo, an international metropolis.

Major support of Ikko Style:The Graphic Art of Ikko Tanaka came from East West Bank, Peter Pan, Eva & Ming Hsieh and Joan Payden of Payden & Rygel. Generous support of the exhibitions came from Margaret Leong Checca with Gayle & Ed Roski of Majestic Realty Co. Additional support is provided by Joan Travis, Singpoli Capital, David Kamansky, Sun Yin USA, Jipan Yan, Arrow Recovery Group and Esense Beauty. In-kind media support is provided by KPCC.

USC Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 North Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm. http://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

 

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