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My Reality: Contemporary Art And The Culture Of Japanese Animation Paperback – August 2, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Curators International, New York (August 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879003333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879003330
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,540,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Fleming is Senior Curator for the Des Moines Art Center. His prior publications include "Maya Lin: Topologies, Joshua Neustein: Light on the Ashes, Fred Wilson: Memories", and others.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Carbonaro on March 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
The synergy between Japanese anime and American pop culture is explored in this book, a companion piece to the traveling exhibition currently in installation at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. My Reality examines the role of anime on modern art; in particular, there's a technology-friendly bent to anime, which the book asserts has been assimilated in the technique of "serious" artists in both hemispheres. The book, much like the exhibition, touches upon the common anime themes of high technology, aliens, cyborgs and so on, but through a series of essays, draws a link between these and real-life themes such as gender roles and popular and consumer culture. Showcasing artwork from emerging artists like Takashi Murakami, Mariko Mori, and Paul McCarthy, this book is an interesting, although way too brief, commentary on art and culture in the face of technology and the future, as well as providing additional depth to the context of this intriguing exhibition.
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10 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on December 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a this book of three essays with some just sort of interesting photos and illustrations. I was expecting lots of great Anime and collectable art that is inspired by Manga and Anime, but this is a companion to a traveling exhibit of art inspired by Anime and Manga. The art is just ok, nothing really interesting, and the essays are dull as if written for a thesis. There are way too many footnotes, and phrases like "ontological insecurity". I just don't see this type of art as high-brow art. Skip this book.
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