YOKOTA TOKYO has published a portfolio Kiyoji Otsuji In the Studio. The book focuses on the experimental collaboration between Kiyoji Otsuji and Nobuya Abe, includes previously unpublished photographs in different compositions.
Since the opening of YOKOTA TOKYO's predecessors, Shigeru Yokota Gallery and Tokyo Publishing House, we have produced books, portfolios, and multiples related to the artists we have involved.
YOKOTA TOKYO is a gallery/publisher based in Tokyo.Its predecessor, Shigeru Yokota Gallery, began its activities in 1976 as a contemporary section of Gatodo Gallery in Nihombashi, and later moved to Takeshiba, Minato-ku in 1989. Since its opening, the gallery had handled the works of contemporary artists both inside and outside of Japan, and had continuously held solo exhibitions and supported the artists’ creation of their works.
In addition, Tokyo Publishing House, established in 1991, had focused on exhibiting prints of limited numbers, artist books, and photographs. We had expanded our activities overarching art archives.
In 2022, the two companies merged and were reborn under the company name YOKOTA TOKYO (Yokota Inc.). Based on the philosophy of "PUBLISHING = opening the things to the public," the company handles a wide range of works by artists from the postwar period to the present day.
YOKOTA TOKYO's predecessors, Shigeru Yokota Gallery and Tokyo Publishing House, continuously introduced the entire body of work of each artist through exhibitions and publications.In this process, we have come to face not only the artworks, but also the first-hand materials of the period in which the works were created. Dealing with these documents and ephemera led us to expand our activities into a sphere of "art archive". The act of archiving has a very different meaning depending on one's position and perspective. We, as a gallery, are constructing the archive of materials about the artists and of the documents that convey the milieu.
On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Shigeru Yokota Gallery, we published the books that come in four installments, summarizing our activities.