Yamagata

Austin Jaynes, Author Hugh Lauter Levin Associates $50 (144p) ISBN 978-0-88363-386-1
Hiro Yamagata paints Parisian street scenes and cafes, bicyclists lifted aloft by colorful airships, the Eiffel Tower at dusk, giant rabbits leading the Paris circus. His is a world of flamboyant sailboats, fireworks, leaping dolphins, of easy miracles and nostalgic comforts, a child's paradise in which rainbows hug the ground in leaf-strewn parks. Born in Japan, Yamagata settled in Los Angeles after studying in Paris. Some of his paintings and prints synthesize artistic techniques of East and West; their abstract, shimmering quality recalls ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Yamagata prettifies everythinga cluster of Los Angeles billboards, a French wedding, a robbery. While his pictures with their candy colors, jaunty figures and minute detail have surface charm, their aura of innocence is facile and their photorealist technique is slick. (June 15
Reviewed on: 06/01/1986
Release date: 06/01/1986
Paperback - 160 pages - 978-0-88363-284-0
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