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Keiichi Tanaami
Born 1936, Tokyo. Graduated Musashino Art University college of design. Worked as Art Director for Monthly Playboy magazine starting in 1975. Currently working as a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design since 1991. Continues to create an inexhaustible array of works including paintings, sculpture, and animation, exhibits at galleries and museums around the world, has works housed at Hamburger Bahnof in Berlin, and boasts an international reputation that receives increasing acclaim every year. Recent major exhibitions include solo exhibition Wandering in the Chaos – the Dreamland of Keiichi Tanaami (The OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shennan, China, 2010), international exhibition Yokohama Triennale (Yokohama Museum of Art, 2011), solo exhibition Drawings and Collages 1967-1975 (Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, 2011), solo exhibition Dividing Bridge (NANZUKA, 2011), solo exhibition No More War (Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, 2013), and film screening Japanese Underground Cinema Program 6: Radical Experiments in Japanese Animation (MoMA, NY, 2013), solo exhibition KILLER JOE'S (NANZUKA and Fondation Speerstra, Appel Swiss, 2013),among many others. Recent major publications include Daydream (Graphic-Sha, 2007), A Portrait of Keiichi Tanaami: 14 Films 1975-2009 (CaRTe bLaNChe, France, 2010), WERK No. 18 Keiichi Tanaami Psychedelic Visual Master (WERK, Singapore, 2011), Stranger Than Phantom (Little More, coauthored with Hiroshi Morinaga, 2011), and Killer Joe’s (contrarede, 2013). Tanaami’s works have appeared in magazine features and on the covers for Wallpaper (2007), WeAr (2008), Hot Rod (2008), and Dazed & Confused (2010). Numerous collaborations with fashion brands include a 2008 collaboration with Manish Arora for the Paris collection, a 2011 collaboration with Lucien Pellat-Finet, and a 2013 collaboration with Stussy.