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Murakami Hardcover – October 23, 2007

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"We can't get enough of Murakami. This new book lets us explore the artist's creative process and offers a lens into his unique status as a critic of popular culture." ~Complex --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo in 1962 and received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. His work has been exhibited in prestigious museums all over the world. Paul Schimmel is Chief Curator of The Museum of Contemporary, Los Angeles, where he has organized numerous ground-breaking exhibitions. Lisa Gabrielle Mark is Director of Publications at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She has written widely on contemporary art.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830039
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.7 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Buffy on October 23, 2012
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Ego is the companion catalog to the Murakami exhibition held at the ALRIWAQ Doha museum in Qatar. It's a large format, full-color book with quality paper and solid binding. The main emphasis of this book is in presenting Murakami's newest works created since his massive "Copyright Murakami" retrospective back in 1997. The book is almost entirely full color pictures with only about 20 pages devoted to text. You get to see paintings, sculptures, installations, and animation stills. There are several foldout pages to show off a few of the extra wide paintings. The work continues in his trademark Superflat style and even though he has been exhibiting for over twenty years now his paintings have a very 21st century feeling. Ego is a nice addition to the older Copyright Murakami retrospective book. There are a handful of older pieces shown but it's mostly new work since 1998 including pieces done in 2012. To get the complete career overview the Copyright Murakami book remains the definitive retrospective and is a must-have. If you already have that book there is very little overlap in images and Ego is well worth purchasing. Highly recommended for new and old Takashi Murakami fans.
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It is a fantastic and extensive retrospective of Murakami's work. It is the largest book I own and might be also the nicest. Additionally the introductory theoretic papers on his art are extremely interesting. For people that like Murakami's work it is a fabulous acquisition.
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I love love this book. If you are on the fence, just get it. It's Murakami! Not too lengthy where you wouldn't bother cracking it open, but just enough amazing artwork and eye candy to keep you revisiting. I love that the cover is cushioned, it adds a nice texture. The pages are nice and sturdy and honestly, I could stare at Murakami artwork all the time! I love his series of work featured in this book and am contemplating buying more as gifts!
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I'll break this review into two parts: Content and Distributor/Seller:

Content:
Book is an overview of major pieces that Takashi has made. The contents is fully of detailed pcitures and backgorund to each major exhibit and the locations it is/was held. The biggest fullfillment of this text is the information isn't available online. I'm an advid purchaser of posters, plushes and random table-top ornaments in the likeness of Takashi's work; but I never knew a lot of these pieces came from full sized exhibits. I was also surprised at some of his openly sexual pieces that portayed a playful nature to the male/female body. Interesting to say the least. The book is high-priced but if you want to become fully familiar with Murakami, this text provides the extra details. The biggest con here? Well, its TOO LARGE. This is a coffee table book. Large text book. So you can't carry it around and you can't really place it in a bag either. I will say that I think this is due to the high quality photographs on thick-glossed paper. The binding fits this, and has a satin and elastic feel. Amazing content, amazing build: great book.

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Recieved item in decent condition. Box did have insects coming from it but that is just a warehouse deal so be sure to toss box once you recieve these kind of item. I enjoy collecting books as there own center pieces, and this item came in the kind of condition where I can set it on a coffee table and enjoy the discussion. I'm very satisfied with this, especially since I recieved it faster than originally noted. Thank you. Enjoy.
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This book is about Takashi Murakami, if you can't tell by the title already. Half of the book is about how he got started and what he does and why. The other half is all high quality images of his artwork, including his sculptures. This book is huge, like a text book. Free shipping at Amazon is worth it. For the price this book is definitely worth it. It has a couple three-page spreads of long paintings and all of the images are beautiful. Very nice quality printing and paper, plus tons of information about this awesome designer. It is a good add to a collection of contemporary artists. A must have for art, japan and design lovers.
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It's Published by Rizzoli, one of the finest and most prolific Artbook Producers in North America, and is beautifully designed. It features a 'puffy' cover, which is a standard hardcover wrapped in plastic with a cotton or fibre-glass gauze in between; it's printed on high-quality paper and the reproductions look amazing. Being the multi-media-master that Murakami is, this book includes not just his 'Superflat' paintings, although there are many on display, but also his prints and sculptures and videos, etc. Based on a huge retrospective of the same name, this is the perfect monograph for new Murakami fans, with enough substance to appeal to older fans as well. I particularly liked the huge fold-outs that display his longest paintings, which are just several feet tall but hundreds of feet long. Details like that are what make a great artbook. Though I'm not the biggest fan, preferring art that doesn't so gleefully embrace mass production and dozens of assisstants who do most of the actual painting, I can appreciate Murakami on a certain level, at certain times. Nevertheless, an excellent book.
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