“Nihon Buyo” 1981
This is a poster for a Japanese traditional dance performance at the University of California. It is composed entirely of the simple two-dimensional shapes of circles, triangles and squares, yet the image of a woman with Japanese hairstyle emerges from inorganic geometrical patterns formed by red circles and black semicircles added in the center. This is the work Ikko Tanaka is best known for, with geometrical composition based on strong shapes and colors and combining Japanese traditional beauty with western rationalism.
©Ikko Tanaka Nihon Buyo・日本舞踊 1981 ／ licensed by DNPartcom