Angura: Posters of the Japanese Avant-Garde

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Princeton Architectural Press, Jun 1, 1999 - Antiques & Collectibles - 91 pages
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Angura: Posters of the Japanese Avant-Garde documents the extraordinary posters created for a group of experimental Japanese theatre groups during the 1960s and 70s. Ranging from the vivid and sexually explicit images of sixties psychedelia to the subtle refinement of traditional Japanese printmaking, the posters represent a tumultuous period both in Japanese graphic arts and in Japanese society as a whole. Silkscreened with up to twenty different colors and printed in limited editions, the posters were ostensibly meant as advertisements for the theatre productions of a thriving counterculture. But the designers focused such lavish care on the posters that they were rarely finished before the productions opened, eliminating their commercial function and making them objects of art. Author David G. Goodman illuminates these arresting images, describes the context in which they were created, and provides a brief history of modern Japanese graphic design. In the foreword, Ellen Lupton discusses the relevance of these images for the contemporary designer. Angura will appeal to anyone interested in Japanese anime graphics.
 

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Contents

Waseda Little Theater Waseda shogekijo
14
The Black Tent Theater Kuro tento
20
The Freedom Theater Jiyugekijo
21
Tenjo Sajiki
47
The Situation Theater Jokyo gekijo
59
Dairakudakan and Hijikata Tatsumi
70
Chronology
78
Biographies
85
Glossary
87
Bibliography
88
List of Works
90
Acknowledgments
91

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About the author (1999)

David G. Goodman is a professor of Japanese literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An expert in Japanese culture and theatre, he founded and edited the magazine Concerned Theatre Japan while living in Japan in the 1960s. His books in

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