Japanese Pop Art legend Keiichi Tanaami on War, ’60s-era NYC, and Acid Rock

If I tell you about my motivation very simply, I just want to see a world or landscape that doesn’t exist.”— Keiichi Tanaami

The world of 77-year-old Japanese Pop Art legend Keiichi Tanaami is painted in 1960s psychedelia. For Tanaami, the imagery is derived in equal parts from his childhood—memories of bombs dropped during WWII Tokyo Air Raid—and his adulthood, thriving in ’60s-era New York among Pop Art and Acid Rock (see his 1967 album cover for Jefferson Airplane).

On view at Nanzuka Underground, Art Basel in Hong Kong - Galleries, Booth 3C18, May 23rd – 26th.   

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