This exhibition, which originally took place at ginza graphic gallery, introduced works vividly demonstrating the inimitable and overwhelming presence of Masayoshi Nakajo, who, at age 84, continues to create with unfailingly youthful inventiveness. The show featured 22 brand-new outsize posters on the theme of "Mother & Others," numerous works made for his many solo exhibitions held throughout his career, and, set out on extra-large display tables, his plethora of contributions to Hanatsubaki, the cultural magazine of Shiseido, where Nakajo served as art director for more than 40 years. In contrast to the ggg venue, at kyoto ddd gallery the exhibition occupied a single expansive floor, making for a space of powerful impact.
Masayoshi Nakajo IN & OUT, あるいは飲＆嘔吐（Imbibing and Vomiting)
May 09, 2017–June 24, 2017
Traveling exhibition from ggg to ddd
ddd Uzumasa, Kyoto
May 18, 2017
kyoto ddd gallery
This Gallery Talk brought together Masayoshi Nakajo, who at age 84 continued his creative activities ever more energetically, and Yuji Yamashita, an art historian with deep knowledge about design. Their relationship traces back to 2005, when Mr. Nakajo invited to take charge of a feature in "Hanatsubaki" magazine, one of his representative works: a series in which Mr .Yamashita was asked to comment, briefly, on two seemingly unrelated images. The talk began with Mr. Yamashita asking Mr. Nakajo about his life, starting from his upbringing and student days to his stint in the advertising department at Shiseido, his going freelance, and his subsequent career. They spoke about how Mr. Yamashita is currently living cllose to where Mr. Nakajo was born, about ha\ow "Hanatsubaki" at its peak had a print run of 3.5 million copies. In the second half they introduced some of the many witty sayings to emanate from Mr. Nakajo, such as: "Father is alcohol, mother is nicotine" and "The deadline is whenever you finish what you're doing."
Photographer: YOSHIDA Akihito