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Go Yayanagi

Go Yayanagi (1933- , Japan)
After dropping out of University, Go Yayanagi moves to São Paulo (Brazil) and engages in various creative activities there. Yayanagi travels a lot around the world, then, transfers to Paris where he becomes to study under the copperplate printing’s master, S.W. Hayter. Yayanagi’s works are presented at many exhibitions, among which the 11th São Paulo Biennial (1957) is included. The Artist considers art as something that should exist in every living space casually rather than something that is prominent displayed ostentatiously. Yayanagi creates works in a wide range of formats, from oil painting, printing, mosaic mural and stained glass, to textile and fashion design. The artist successfully visualizes the social conditions of the time, combining bold composition of color planes, vivid colors produced by removing unnecessary shadows, eroticism presented in a cheerful tone, and his humor, like putting puzzle piece together. The abundant exoticism the artist experienced in his youth embraces him, and that seems to make his art borderless beyond any logic, a long way ahead of the trend of the world.

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Collection:

  • The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art (Paris)
  • The National Library of France (Paris)
  • The Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)
  • The Rockefeller Foundation (New York)
  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles)
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Tokyo)
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Kyoto)
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka (Osaka)
  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts (Tochigi, Japan)
  • Meouro Museum of Art, Tokyo (Tokyo)
  • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Hokkaido, Japan)
  • Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art (Hokkaido, Japan)
  • Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo)
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (Hyogo, Japan)
  • Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art (Shizuoka, Japan)