artqueer: Tadanori YokooBarakei: Ordeal by RosesPoster2007 In...



artqueer:

Tadanori Yokoo
Barakei: Ordeal by Roses
Poster
2007

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).

artqueer: Tadanori YokooBarakei: Ordeal by RosesPoster2007 In...



artqueer:

Tadanori Yokoo
Barakei: Ordeal by Roses
Poster
2007

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).

Photographs of Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫) in his homefrom Ba-ra-kei:...

















Photographs of Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫) in his home
from Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses (薔薇刑), 1961-1962
by Eikoh Hosoe (細江 英公)

Quote from Yukio Mishima’s preface to Ordeal by Roses:

The world to which I was abducted under the spell of [Hosoe’s] lens was abnormal, warped, sarcastic, grotesque, savage, and promiscuous…It was, in a sense, the reverse of the world we live in, where our worship of social appearances and our concern for public morality and hygiene create foul filthy sewers winding beneath the surface. Unlike ours, the world to which I was escorted was a weird, repellent city—naked, comic, wretched, cruel, and overdecorative—yet in its underground channels there flowed, inexhaustibly, a pellucid stream of unsullied feeling.