Keiichi Tanaami

July 27, 2012 - Sept. 1, 2012

West Wing

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Installation view

Keiichi Tanaami

42nd Street Drop
late 1960’s
ink drawing and screen tone collage on paper
15 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches

Keiichi Tanaami

42nd Street Scissors
late 1960’s
ink drawing and screen tone collage on paper
15 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches

Keiichi Tanaami

42nd Street Banana Marylin
late 1960’s
ink drawing and screen tone collage on paper
15 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Keiichi Tanaami

42nd Street Hotdog
late 1960’s
ink drawing and screen tone collage on paper
15 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches

Keiichi Tanaami

42nd Street Get a Haircut
late 1960’s
ink drawing and screen tone collage on paper
15 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches

Installation view


Press Release

Corbett vs. Dempsey presents the Chicago debut of Keiichi Tanaami.  Born in Tokyo in 1936, Tanaami has been active as a video artist, animator, designer, and visual artist since the 1960s, and his enormous oeuvre continues to expand with ever stranger images that, since a near-death experience in 1981, have had a bardo-like hallucinatory buzz.  This small exhibition spotlights a series of exquisite, over-the-top drawings that Tanaami made in the late 1960s after his first trip to New York.  Dazzlingly brazen and oversexed, riffing on the pornographic excesses of American pop culture, these superheated ink outings were much loved by Yamataka Eye of the Boredoms when they were rediscovered in the late 1990s.

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