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Summon Monsters? Open The Door? Heal? Or Die? Paperback – January 30, 2005


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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Hiropon Factory; 1ST edition (January 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4939148033
  • ISBN-13: 978-4939148033
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Raymond on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This text (and it is predominantly text) is an engaging look at the inner workings of Murakami's Kaikai Kiki (formerly the Hiropon Factory). With the establishment of his factory and artist collective, Murakami refernces the workshop tradition of artmaking that goes back thousands of years (specifically to pre-Renaissance Italy). In this book one can see and read about the kind of excruciating labor put into the creation of his paintings and sculptures. A truly impressive collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on May 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have the Copyright Murakami book and Summon Monsters. Summon Monsters is a definite must-have for Murakami fans. It's filled with color artwork and also shows some behind-the-scenes of artworks in progress. It's hard to come by, but a great addition to any Murakami collection.
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While somewhat confusing at first glance - with small, bilingual text, multicolored pages, and jumbled layout - this book is a goldmine of studio procedural content. It shows Murakami pieces as they move from sketches to paintings to mural-sized replicas, complete with instructions on how each phase is handled and what materials are used. The different mediums (balloon, sculpture, painting) are all examined in the context of specific pieces, so you get to see how such iconic works as My Lonesome Cowboy and Tan Tan Bo were devised and produced.

You also get an intimate look at what Murakami is trying to accomplish with his art, both artistically and commercially. He is very much in tune with both sides, deftly blurring them together and frustrating attempts by critics to classify him as an artist or a product designer. His success is hard earned, both through aggressive marketing and awareness of the market's demand, and in how much work he puts into his creations.

Finally, we get to meet some of the faces behind the works, reading interviews with studio workers and learning about their roles and expectations.

In all, this book combines exhibition of Murakami's late-90s work with a detailed examination of all related processes. It is both highly informative and incredibly entertaining. If you can get a copy for a reasonable price, do not hesitate, as this book will achieve legend-status once it is out of print.
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