This is an original Japanese poster printed in 1975 for the promotion of "Art Now", the poster is designed by the acclaimed Kiyoshi Awazu.
Awazu was consistently considered among the upper echelon of Japanese graphic designers throughout his career, which began in the years following World War II — a period in which he created ad posters for cinema, including work on lesser-known films for studio Nikkatsu.
At the Japan Advertising Art Exhibition in 1955, he received the Japan Advertising Artists Club Award for his poster “Give Back Our Sea,” which featured the image of a disgruntled fisherman and largely established him as a designer and an advocate of social causes. Three years later, he claimed the Grand Prix at the World Film Poster Competition in France.
Over the next two decades, Awazu’s work went against Japanese modernism and was largely influenced by pop culture. His expertise varied and included urban design and film and theater projects, for which he often partnered with other creators. In 1969, he won a Japan Academy Award for art direction for the film “Shinju Tenno-Amijima (Double Suicide at Tenno-Amijima).” Overseas acclaim came with the posters “Double Suicide” and “Anti-War,” which won the Silver and Special Prizes, respectively, at the International Poster Biennial Exhibit in Warsaw, Poland in 1970.
This poster is in a near mint condition. Please refer to the imagery as this is the exact poster that is for sale.
It is over 50 years old!
It is not a reproduction or a reprint.
Certificate of Authenticity included.