Barakei: Ordeal by Roses
In this print by the legendary graphic designer/artist Tadanori Yokoo (横尾 忠則), Yokoo’s artwork decorates a photo of novelist Yukio Mishima from Eikoh Hosoe’s seminal 1963 series Ba-Ra-Kei: Ordeal by Roses.
Yokoo and the Mishima became good friends in mid-1960s Tokyo. In 1968, Mishima said of Yokoo:
Tadanori Yokoo’s works reveal all of the unbearable things which we Japanese have inside ourselves and they make people angry and frightened. He makes explosions with the frightening resemblance which lies between the vulgarity of billboards advertising variety shows during festivals at the shrine devoted to the war dead and the red containers of Coca Cola in American Pop Art, things which are in us but which we do not want to see.
Silkscreen poster by Okabe Printmaking Workshop (シルクスクリーン版画の岡部版画工房).