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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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Mosquera Ochoa on March 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SHALINI on April 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I did like this book a lot w/ beautifull images & the glossy paper made the images look very vibrant & bright.very informative about the artists work .worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Solo Artist on November 11, 2008
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julian Way on December 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic. The colour plates are gorgeous and like a halucination...I saw this for twice the price in Los Angeles and barely resisted it. Ordered it on line for 1/2 the price, and It's worth double...The commentary complement the clour plates well, and if you're interested in Murakami and looking for a comprehensive insight, then this is the tomb for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on May 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book and the traveling retrospective show of Murakami's artwork shows the full scope and genius of his art. The pieces are entertaining and thought-provoking...here is finally an artist that is exiting to watch and see what he will come up with next. If Andy Warhol had lived into the 21st century this might have been where he'd have ended up. Murakami takes both the low to high concept, and the factory model to the next level. Most importantly: it's fun! The book is about as comprehensive as we're likely to get until an end of career survey comes many years later so this is the one to get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E Gaillard on November 16, 2008
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I saw these books at the Brooklyn Museum retrospective, was impressed with the quality of the paper and printing, and then thrilled to get a new copy for so much less $$ than at the Museum store! (Which was sold out of them anyway.)

Murakami's work is not for the faint of heart. If you are not already familiar with his tropes, or those of modern Japanese art and anime, this book will immerse you and draw you in. You might spend hours poring over the fantastic details in the paintings, making delightful discoveries of characters and actions. A great gift book too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bender on October 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is very large, about the size of a tabloid newspaper, and quite thick. The paper stock is some of the nicest I've ever seen. The text is well written, analyzing Murakami's influences and impact on the art world and world at large in a serious and thoughtful manner. The reproductions of his art are fantastic and include virtually every one of his pieces to date. Highly recommended for any fan.
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