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Murakami Hardcover – October 23, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830039
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The decisive influence of Japan upon the development of contemporary culture needs little recounting. Western artists, from Manet and Monet forward, have adapted design principles found in Japanese prints to create compositions of increasing flatness and abstraction. The philosophy of Zen Buddhism has influenced a range of practices in Western painting, music, and dance since the mid-twentieth century. In recent decades, Japanese consumer products--from electronics to automobiles--have profoundly affected societies worldwide, while the products of Japanese popular culture--anime and manga in particular--have found an international audience. In his work and unique practice, Takashi Murakami seemingly picks out and reconfigures the disparate threads of Japanese influence that have been woven into the fabric of international culture over the last one hundred-plus years. If only for this reason, Murakami has swiftly risen to the position of one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to emerge from Asia in the postwar era. Murakami is now a distinct "brand"; his career is marked by extraordinary levels of ambition and achievement, and his work offers a brilliant and unique synthesis of the personal and the commercial. Trained in the school of nihonga--traditional Japanese-style painting--Murakami has created works that bridge that tradition and the worlds of contemporary art, design, animation, fashion, and popular culture. Extending the trajectory of production by artists such as Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, his oeuvre not only includes painting, sculpture, installation, and animation, but also a wide range of collectibles, multiples, and commercial products. Murakami expands the role of the artist well beyond its traditional boundaries--Western or Japanese. In conjunction with heading his international corporation Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., which has three locations in Japan and New York, he continues to incorporate a vast range of activities, taking on the responsibilities of curator, entrepreneur, publisher, lecturer, events coordinator, and manager. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), has been privileged to host Murakami on several previous occasions. In 2001, the influential "Superflat," a Murakami-organized exhibition of work by young Japanese artists, inaugurated MOCA's Pacific Design Center gallery. That same year, his work was featured in "Public Offerings," organized by Chief Curator Paul Schimmel. In 2004, Aya Takano, an artist managed by Murakami who also participated in "Superflat," launched The world after 800,000,000 years for MOCA's online digital gallery. Most recently, in 2005, Murakami's DOB in the Strange Forest and Super Nova (both 1999) were on display at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as a part of "Ecstasy: In and About Altered States," also organized by Schimmel. MOCA's ongoing relationship with Murakami culminates in "© Murakami," the artist's largest survey exhibition to date, including over ninety works from his extensive oeuvre, a broad range of Kaikai Kiki merchandise, and a fully operational Louis Vuitton boutique featuring new designs by the artist as an integral element of the exhibition. "© Murakami" continues the museum's longstanding dedication to the organization and presentation of exhibitions by exceptional and challenging mid-career artists, including Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Barbara Kruger, Gabriel Orozco, Charles Ray, and Christopher Wool. This exhibition would not have been possible without the tremendous vision of Paul Schimmel, whose own passion and excitement for Murakami's work has fueled their ongoing relationship over the years. Schimmel, who gained Murakami's attention with his landmark 1992 show "Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s" at MOCA, has been pivotal in creating a basis for understanding the artist's work in Los Angeles through exhibitions such as "Public Offerings" and "Ecstasy." Working closely with the artist with the assistance of Mika Yoshitake, project coordinator, and Yuko Sakata, executive director of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Schimmel has tailored an outstanding exhibition that will present Murakami's work in its full breadth to American and European audiences. Exhibitions like "© Murakami," unusual for art museums in their scale, ambition, and complexity, rely upon the most devoted and visionary supporters for their realization. I wish to express my unending gratitude to MOCA's extraordinary Board of Trustees, led by Chair Clifford J. Einstein, President Dallas Price-Van Breda, and Vice Chair Michael Sandler, for their commitment, with special thanks to Audrey Irmas through the Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment, William and Maria Bell, Dallas Price-Van Breda, and Tom and Janet Unterman for their particular support. I am deeply grateful to exhibition sponsors Blum & Poe, Steven and Alexandra Cohen, Kathi and Gary Cypres, Gagosian Gallery, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, The Norton Family Foundation, Marianne Boesky, David Teiger, The MOCA Contemporaries, The Japan Foundation, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. My most profound gratitude goes to Takashi Murakami for his revelatory and transformative work, his commitment to MOCA, and his tireless dedication to this exhibition. His energy and the amazing efforts of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., have brought this exhibition to the highest level.

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Highly recommended for Murakami and pop art collectors.
W. Rosen
This a beautifully produced book with a great collection of Murakami images -- paintings, sculptures, etc., -- with some very interesting and accessible essays.
Charles Hargreaves
It has a couple three-page spreads of long paintings and all of the images are beautiful.
Solo Artist

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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
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julian Way on December 21, 2007
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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
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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 M. Nguyen on January 7, 2009
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If you have been to the exhibition at the MOCA, you will definitely enjoy this book. Not only does the book detail Murakami (and his work), but also the meaning behind each work.
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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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bender on October 25, 2008
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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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