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Takenobu Igarashi (Japanese, b. 1944)

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Sculptor and designer. 1944 Born Takikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan 1960 Became interested in design around this time, when he enrolled in Toyama Metropolitan High School, Tokyo. 1961 Seijo Gakuen High School, Tokyo. Also studied basic design at Tokyo Educational University with Professor Masato Takahashi. Influenced by work of Max Bill. 1964-68 Attended and graduated from the Tama University of Fine Arts. 1969 M.A., College of Fine Arts, University of California, Los Angeles. 1970 Returned to Japan after traveling in the U. S.; opened own design studio, 1973 Began drawing axonometrically designed alphabets. 1975 Guest lecturer, U.C.L.A. 1975-83 Various one-man and group exhibitions in Tokyo; Amsterdam; Vienna; Santa Rosa, CA.; New York. 1983 Several posters selected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York for permanent collection. Commissioed by MOMA to design poster calendar for five years. 1984 Lectured on the Alphabet works at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 1985-91 Member, Executive Committee, Alliance Graphique Internationale. 1985 Exhibited in various venues, including Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, 39th Annual Exhibition, "L'Image de Mots." 1986 Began product design. Produced the "Hibiki" sculpture, Suntory Hall, Tokyo. 1987 Lectured at Society of Enviromental Graphic Designers (SEGD) annual conference, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan; AIGA, Seattle and Boston; and Type Directors Club, Sydney. 1988 Lectured at International Design Conference, Aspen and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. 1989 Produced sculptures for installation in 150 Infiniti showrooms in the U. S. for the Nissan Motor Corporation. 1989-93 Professor and Chairman, Design Department, Tama Art University. Visiting Professor, U.C.L.A. 1990 Various exhibitions, including one-man product exhibitiions at New York, Tokyo and other cities. 1991 Produced sculptures for Fuchu Intelligent Park, Tokyo. 1991-96 Lectured at AIGA, New York (1991); the Design Seminar, Asahikawa City, Japan (1992); Design Congress Symposium, Essen (1993); Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Society of Typographic Designers, London and World Symbol Festival, Oostende, Belgium (1994); Masters of Design and Photography, Smithsonian Institution, Domus Academy, Milan and Tokyo Zokei University (1995); AGIdeas, the Sixth International Student Design Conference, Melbourne, Australia (1996). 1994 Relocated to Los Angeles. Began to concentrate on making sculptures. 1995 Exhibitions: Today's Japan-Design Sampling, Harborfront Center, Toronto and "Japanese Design, A Survey Since 1950", Philadelphia Museum of Art. 1996 Began to carve in stone. Exhibition, Glasgow [Scotland] International Festival of Design. Publications: "Igarashi Alphabets", ABC Verlag, Switzerland (1987). "Rock, Scissors, Paper", Graphicsha and "Igarashi Sculptures", Robundo (1992). "YMD - Ancient Arts, Contemporary Designs", Robundo (1993). CDRom Catalogue: "Takenobu Igarashi/50 Projects" (1995). 1997 Produced sculpture for Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Japan. Awards: Katsumie Masaru Design Award, Tokyo (1989). Design Innovation Award for YMD Cast Iron (Imono) Stool, Essen, Germany (1990). IF Award for the YMD Stainless Dinnerware Collection, Hannover, Germany (1993). Governor's Award / Best Product Design for "Children's Furniture", Hokkaido, Japan (1995). Featured articles: "Man at His Best", Esquire, April 1991. "Takenobu Igarashi", Graphis, January/February 1992. "Takenobu Igarashi", IDEA #246, 1994. "Takenobu Igarashi", Mac Power, Japanese Edition, June 1995. "Takenobu Igarashi", Design News #232, 1995. "Takenobu Igarashi", tipoGrafica, Repubulica Argentina, 1995. Source: