Keiichi Tanaami
July 23, 2008, 4:53 am
Filed under: ART, CULTURE | Tags: , , , , ,

Murakami’s big budget retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum of Art ended last week, and though I took a stand against it politically (read: I was too lazy to go all summer), I have recently been geeking out over Keiichi Tanaami. The granddaddy of Japanese pop art, he is pretty much responsible for the wild, surreal cartoon-style that is so prevalent and modish in today’s market.

I actually first saw his work at the Armory Show this spring but didn’t realize that he was sort of infamous–he designed record covers for Jefferson Airplane, hung with Andy in the Factory, and tripped hard in SF throughout the 60s. Being a big fan of anything folk-arty and/or psychadelic, I remember being struck by the clean intricacy of his prints and paintings. Turns out I just have really fucking great taste. Check out how adorable he is talking about goldfish and LSD.

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