Yoshihisa Shirai “The Art of Typesetting”

Ginza Graphic Gallery

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Typesetting is one design elements of typography, referring to the craft of physically arranging and setting type on the page. It is also the title of this long-awaited solo exhibition by Yoshihisa Shirai, who works predominantly in the field of book design and editorial design. While it introduces a lineup of beautiful book bindings, this somewhat unconventional show will also present a selection of pages printed mainly in a single black ink color arranged side by side.
When one thinks of Shirai, what immediately comes to mind is his ten year stint working on the art direction for the highly respected design magazine “Idea.” Despite it being a bimonthly publication, each and every issue can be considered a work worthy of any collection. Shirai has also been involved in the creation of many other books to date. When working of these, he takes into careful consideration the objects, situations, and people they concern, using this as a basis to produce each page to perfection. His unique approach is echoed in every text, with his personal touch - be it lighthearted, solemn, or stylish - shaping every publication. Encountering his innovative typesetting results in an unforgettable reading experience.
In this exhibition, reference materials used by Shirai during the production stage will be presented alongside works by him. See how he cites and references pre-existing works, changing the face of typesetting as he goes.

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Gallery Talk 1: Typography and Book Formats (case study)
Event Date: Oct. 6 (Fri) 18:30-20:00
Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building
Admission: Free (booking required)
Capacity: 70

Gallery Talk 2
Event Date: Oct. 20 (Fri) 18:30-20:00
Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building
Speaker: Ryoichi Enomoto, Yoshihisa Shirai
Admission: Free (booking required)
Capacity: 70

Visit to the DNP “Shueitai” typeface warehouse & factory in Kuki
Event Date: Oct. 25 (Wed)
13:00 Meet at Kuki Station
18:00 Event finishes
Admission: Free (booking required)
Capacity: 30

*Bookings can be made via the official website.
*Events in Japanese

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from September 26, 2017 to November 07, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-09-26 from 17:30 to 19:00
Venue: Ginza Graphic Gallery / DNP Ginza Building 2nd Floor

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