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Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011 Paperback – April 4, 2012

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Kingfisher (April 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881506417
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881506412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was written for me -- or those like me who wish they better knew the ins and outs of the Japanese art world of the last 20 years. The surprise, however, is that it's written by an English sociologist who lives and teaches in France. Adrian Favell sees his profession as an advantage. He notes in the acknowledgments section, for example, that his five-year research project was nonhierarchical: he interviewed everyone from gallery assistants to museum directors. His emphasis is on context, although art objects themselves are not overlooked. That's an interesting approach, since most Japanese insiders have been relatively close-mouthed. Either there has been a change in recent-years or Favell is particularly adept at drawing people out -- or at reading between the lines. (Janet Koplos Art in America 2012-11-01)

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I am Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po, Paris. I have worked at UCLA, Aarhus University, the University of Sussex, the University of Utrecht, and Louvain-la-Neuve. My latest book is an introduction to Japanese contemporary art and society called BEFORE AND AFTER SUPERFLAT published in early 2012. I also write about international migration, multiculturalism and global cities. You can find more information about me on my website:

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