Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Tadanori Yokoo was born in 1936 and is one of Japan’s most famous living artists. He'll probably die now, that happens to me a  lot. I no longer think I'm actively causing people's deaths but I apologise in advance if anything fatal should happen to the distinguished septuagenarian. Please note, an apology does not constitute a confession or an expression of liability.
Active since the early sixties, Yokoo began as a stage designer for avant garde theatre productions before moving into commercial graphic art where his brash and iconic imagery closely aligned him with the worldwide pop art movement.

Later in the decade, he travelled to India and expanded his mind, both spiritually and chemically, and his work became decidedly psychedelic. Since 1981, he has been working as a fine artist, and has achieved international renown.

'Mona Lisa'

As well as all this, Yokoo also made a handful of great animated films, the very greatest of which is ‘Kachi Kachi Yama’ (1965). In less than ten minutes, and in full, vibrant colour, Yokoo gives us the thrilling tale in which Liz Taylor is brutally murdered by sex-obsessed lovers Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot, and a grief-stricken Richard Burton and The Beatles relentlessly track the killers to exact deadly revenge.

It’s probably the greatest film synopsis of all time, and I wish somebody had been brave enough to give Yokoo a go at directing ‘Yellow Submarine’...

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