HAVING REACHED A CLIMAX AT THE AGE OF 29, I WAS DEAD. 1965.
39x27 3/4 inches, 99x70 1/2 cm. Condition B: tear at bottom, affecting title; sharp horizontal creases and abrasions in image; white margins trimmed off; silkscreen; hinged to mount. Paper. Framed.
Yokoo, who can be credited as the artist who introduced Pop Art to Japan, did much of his earliest work in silkscreen, resulting in brighter colors. He designed this poster for the Persona Exhibition at Tokyo's Matsuya department store in November 1965. The image, commenting as it was on the stifling nature of Japanese society on artists, was shocking, sensational and became an instant classic. Yokoo 280, Modern Poster 275, Word and Image p. 126, Avant Garde p. 184, Plakat Kunst p. 168, Enyclopedie de l'Affiche p. 273, Yokoo / Veyrier p. 1, Yokoo / 100 Posters p. 17, MoMA 696.1966.