In the late 1960s he became interested in mysticism and psychedelia, deepened by travels in India. Because his work was so attuned to 1960s pop culture, he has often been (unfairly) described as the “Japanese Andy Warhol” or likened to psychedelic poster artist Peter Max, but Yokoo’s complex and multi-layered imagery is intensely autobiographical and entirely original. By the late 60s he had already achieved international recognition for his work and was included in the 1968 “Word & Image” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Four years later MoMA mounted a solo exhibition of his graphic work organized by Mildred Constantine. Yokoo collaborated extensively with Shūji Terayama and his theater Tenjō Sajiki. He has also starred as a protagonist in Nagisa Oshima’s film Diary of a Shinjuku Thief.
1975, graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo produced hundreds of pen and ink drawings for Genka(“Illusory Flowers”), a historical novel by Harumi Setouchi that recounts the struggles of Tomiko Hino, the wife of shogun Yoshimasa Ashikaga (1435-1490). The fanciful illustrations, which do not appear to directly reflect the content of the story, were published along with the novel in a long series of installations.
The following scans are from 50watts:
the aesthetic of the end (1966)
16th exhibition of japan advertising artist club (1968)
a ballad dedicated to the small finger cutting ceremony
tadanori yokoo 1965 silkscreen
Yakuza Movies (1968)
America – Second View (1968)
exhibition of art by henry miller, 1968