Films of Keiichi Tanaami, The
Films of Keiichi Tanaami, The
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Keiichi Tanaami is one of the leading pop artists of post-war Japan. He was only nine during the Tokyo Air Raid of 1945 and his family relocated from their Tokyo home to Meguro, a suburban residential district, from where he observed over a hundred firebombing attacks on his native city. Images of roaring American airplanes, searchlights, bombs and fleeing masses were deeply lodged in his memory, later becoming his core iconography – a blur of his nightmares and real memories.
Keiichi Tanaami’s first trip to New York in the late 1960s introduced him to the work of Andy Warhol, whose interdisciplinary approach constantly shifting between art and advertising echoed Tanaami’s own path. He would later visit Warhol’s Factory, as the first art director of the Japanese edition of Playboy magazine. From 1965, Tanaami began to work with video and animation in collaboration with Yoji Kuri’s Experimental Animation School. Commercial War 1971 takes the emblems associated with American consumer society – like Coca-Cola – and juxtaposes them with Tanaami’s own visual vocabulary.
This collection includes: Commercial War (1971), Good-By Elvis and USA (1971), Good-By Marilyn (1971), Oh! Yoko! (1973), Crayon Angel (1975), Sweet Friday (1975), Why (1975), Memories Hidden in Darkness (2000), Breathing of the Wind (2001), A Gaze in Summer 1942 (2002), Goldfish Fetish (2002), Memories (Scene of the Childhood) (2002), Walking Man (2002), Why Re-Mix (2002), Puzzle of Autumn (2003), Landscape (2004), 4 Eyes (2005), Madonna (2005), The Harmonic Dream Vibration (2005), and De Chirico (2008).
Keiichi Tanaami -- Japan -- 1971-2008 -- ~ 108 mins.

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