2.21.2006

Introduction


Tanaka Ikko (b. 1930) is one of the established masters of Japanese graphic design. His work draws together influences from East and West, acknowledging the vocabulary of European Modernismwhile remaining characteristically Japanese. Inspired by sources as diverse as traditional Japanese illustration techniques and his passion for American jazz, he is renowned for numerous cultural posters and programmes for theatre and ballet, many for Kanze Noh Drama.This book examines Tanaka's entire career, encompassing graphic design and art direction, editorial and interior design. Following an introduction by Gian Carlo Calza, the book is structured in four chapters: Japanese Style, Typography, Invitation to Theatre, and Art and Communication Today, each of which addresses a differentPresents all aspects of Tanaka's work, providing a wealth of visual imagery and inspiration to all designers. One of Japan's leading design masters, Ikko Tanaka has exhibited in Europe, the USA and Japan. His creations include cultural posters and programmes for the theatre and ballet, and a series of environmental posters. This book examines his entire career and his fusion of East and West.