This month the Center for Contemporary Graphic Art and Tyler Graphics Archive Collection (CCGA and TGAC) celebrates its 20th anniversary. Located in the Japanese city of Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture, the CCGA is an exhibition, study, and storage facility which houses a collection of more than 100,000 items. This includes a complete collection of prints produced at Tyler Graphics Ltd. from 1974 until 2001. The Center thus belongs to an international family of institutions holding significant collections of prints from Ken Tyler’s workshops, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and of course the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

CCGA Opening Ceremony, 20 April 1995

Based on a triangular motif, the CCGA building was designed by ED2 International as an artwork in its own right, harmoniously placed in the landscape. To the left of the entranceway is John Newman’s sculpture Upward turn, commissioned by Dai Nippon Printing Company (DNP) for the new building. At almost 4 metres high, the patinated bronze and glass construction with gold-leafing is a striking contrast to the stark white building. The 9-colour lithograph Upward turn (study) created at Tyler Graphics was similarly commissioned by DNP to commemorate the opening of the CCGA.

John Newman, ‘Upward turn’, 1995, bronze with patina, slumped glass with gold leaf and granite, Center for Contemporary Graphic Arts, Fukushima, Japan
John Newman, ‘Upward turn (study)’, 1995, lithograph, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002

To mark their 20-year milestone CCGA is currently showing 21st Century Graphic Vision, an exhibition of 90 works – American and Japanese – drawn from both the Tyler Archive and the DNP Archives of Graphic Design. Find out more on their website.

In addition to its regular exhibition and research programs, the Center now offers a small but well-equipped print studio open to both the general public and experienced printmakers. In this way CCGA has moved one step closer to realising Tyler’s vision that ‘Works of great quality will continually be created…marvellous images born out of layers of ink, paper, techniques, and creative personalities.’[1]

We look forward to seeing what the next 20 years will bring!

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See a post from 2011 about CCGA and TGAC here.

[1] Ken Tyler quoted in Walking through, Mount Kisco: Tyler Graphics Ltd., 1995.