Arakawa: Diagrams for the Imagination
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Arakawa: Diagrams for the Imagination at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York. It features over forty paintings and works on paper made between 1965 and 1984 by Arakawa, one of the founding members of the Japanese avant-garde collective Neo Dadaism Organizers. Combining words with highly schematic images suggestive of blueprints, the artist constructed systems and signs to highlight and investigate the mechanics of human perception and knowledge. The publication includes an essay by Charles W. Haxthausen, a reproduction of Italo Calvino’s 1985 text “The Arrow in the Mind,” and a biography of the artist by the Reversible Destiny Foundation.