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Shinkichi Tajiri: Universal Paradoxes



The Shinkichi Tajiri Estate has published and/or edited the following publications:





Shinkichi Tajiri: Universal Paradoxes   2015

The paradoxes in the life and artworks of Shinkichi Tajiri (1923-2009) appear to be timeless and intercultural. As a result, they continue to appeal to familiar experiences among a lot of people. Tajiri’s life was not related to one specific culture: American because of place of birth, Japanese because of his parents, French because his career began in Paris, and Dutch because he lived for more than fifty years in the Netherlands.
This anthology comprises six essays which reflect from various perspectives on aspects of the timelessness and universal paradoxes in the life and work of Tajiri. Three themes are selected that could be considered as leitmotifs throughout his artistic career: the Knot, the Warrior, and the Wall.

The Warrior theme is a recurrent theme to purge himself of the horrors of the war. With the Knots he wanted to cut through all mystification that he felt was invading the art scene.
Contributions by Kris Schiermeier, Giotta & Ryu Tajiri, Helen Westgeest,

Greg Robinson, Paul M. Farber, Florian Ebner and Herman Pleij.

IBSN: 9789087282325

Pages: 176

Format: Hardback, full-color

Published: June 2015

Language: English
Leiden University Press, 2015


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Ferdi Hortisculpturen

Ferdi Hortisculpture  2008

This publication about the life and work of the artist Ferdi (Ferdina Tajiri-Jansen, 1927-1969) contains two volumes in a slipcovered box.

The first volume is the facsimile edition (67% reduced size) of the original Ferdi book (a Monument in Print) edited and printed by Shinkichi Tajiri on a A.B. Dick A4 Office Offset Press and contained 360 pages, printed at 500 copies. It was presented a year after his wife’s death and accompanied a retrospective show of her work at the Gemeentemuseum Arnhem in 1970.

It contains contributions from a close group of international artist friends; poems, letters, drawings, paintings, photographs, reviews, as well as her life story shown in images.

The second volume reviews Ferdi’s life and work after 40 years, with new text contributions by Miriam Westen (curator Modern Art/Gemeentemuseum Arnhem), Frank van de Schoor (curator Modern Art/Museum het Valkhof), Sylvia Nicolas (artist). It shows formerly unpublished material and photographs by Eddy Postuma de Boer,  Ed van der Elsken, Leonard Freed, Ata Kando, Ad Petersen, Frans Zwartjes and Bram Wisman.

ISBN 978-90-809629-4-1
Pages: 364 / first volume
Pages: 176 / second volume

Format: Hardcover, full-color

Published: 2008

Language: Dutch /English
Shinkichi Tajiri, Giotta Tajiri & Ryu Tajiri, TASHA BV (Shinkichi Tajiri Estate), Baarlo


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Shinkichi Tajiri: The Berlin Wall

Shinkichi Tajiri - The Berlin Wall   2005-2009

The Berlin Wall documents the inner city Wall in 550 photographs as it was in 1969-1970. It is not only an intriguing sequence of pictures, but also an exceptional historical document dating from the early years of the Berlin Wall. Tajiri’s fascination included ambivalent, personal reasons: his family’s internment in American camps contributed,  according to the artist, to the Wall’s significance for him. The Berlin Wall series combines different perspectives: a conceptual gesture, a topographic-documentary sensibility and the feeling of being deeply moved by the monstrosity of the political situation, all of which renders the work important in multiple ways. Through the brutal nakedness of the concrete belt that was still without graffiti at the time, the images show the arbitrariness and the wounds of separation, the ways those wounds healed, but also the banality with which people arranged themselves in its shadow.  - Florian Ebner (Universal Paradoxes, 2015)

ISBN 90-809629-1-0
Pages: 574

Format: Softcover, black-white

Published: 2005-2009

Language: English / German
Text: Shinkichi Tajiri, Michael Haerdter
publisher: TASHA BV (Shinkichi Tajiri Estate), Baarlo

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