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Special Exhibit

Color Blast! ― AY-O, IKEDA Masuo, YAYANAGI Go

This exhibit will be held in two locations.
1) Frederick Harris Gallery, Tokyo American Club (TAC) B1,
2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8649 Access
September 13 (Wed) – October 2 (Mon) 11:00 – 21:00 (Last day -14:00)
Reservation required 3 days before for non-TAC members.
For reservations and inquiries, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

2) Hillside Forum, Daikanyama during the 66th CWAJ Print Show Access
October 18 (Wed) – 22(Sun)
No reservation required. Not all works will be exhibited.

This exhibition features three prominent Japanese print artists, AY-O, IKEDA Masuo, and YAYANAGI Go, who took the international art world by storm in the 1960s and 1970s. These three artists, who were all born in the early 1930s and developed close friendships with each other, have exhibited at the CWAJ Print Show about 20 times since the 1960s. Prints by Tanaka Hiroshi, a graphic designer who won the CWAJ Grand Prize in 1969, will also be on display.

The works of AY-O, who is called the “Rainbow Artist” for his consistent use of the graduated colors of the rainbow, IKEDA Masuo, who manipulates vivid Mediterranean blues and reds, YAYANAGI Go, who arranges primary colors in his trademark black and white stripes, and Tanaka Hiroshi, who creates pop posters, all share a dynamic color palette and vibrant sense of humor.

*This special exhibit was inspired by Dr. Kit Brooks, a 2009 CWAJ Scholar and currently Assistant Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art in the US. Dr. Brooks organized the exhibition “Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell” at the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution (March 25 – September 10, 2023). CWAJ deeply appreciates the contribution of Dr. Brooks to this exhibit.