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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: MADRA Publishing Co., Ltd.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4944079346
  • ISBN-13: 978-4944079346
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,500,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Eckard on January 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Superflat is composed of about one-half essays, mostly by Murakami, and one-half pictures of art and pop culture images. There is a 'manual' to the images with a few paragraphs on each artist, which is helpful for the layperson. The layout is excellent on the images, and I found them fascinating. The essays are all a little heavy, but rewarding if you put in the time to read them closely. If you're interested in looking at or understanding Japanese art today, I would highly reccomend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zendicant Pangolin on November 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
A bit late to the game here, but finally got 'round to reading this pamphlet/manual/journal after years of it gathering dust atop a cabinet.
Not in a hurry to read it because this sort of thing tends to make my hackles rise anticipating that it will, like the overwhelming number of such manifestos, amount to so much codswallop.

I'm unsure whether to be pleased, relieved, or disappointed that this book makes a coherent, if incomplete, argument in favor of the artist's theory.
A different reviewer described the physical layout of this catalogue such that little needs to be added other than that the reproduction quality leaves much to be desired: Many images are teeny tiny thus difficult or impossible to parse, and all of them suffer from the granular fuzziness that printing upon what amounts to construction paper causes.

The meat and bones of Murakami's argument is that certain contemporary eccentric Japanese artists are Super-Flat. He makes his argument using famous examples of quintessentially Japanese artworks (Note the critical common element Murakami calls attention to is eccentricity), from as early as the 12-13th centuries up to the recent past and ties them into contemporary examples of Super-Flatness.

Murakami describes the element of eccentricity as a construction or way of seeing; in artworks, the way they present to the viewer. The idea is that a distinct Japanese point of view was developed over centuries to emerge Super-Flat.
His proposition somewhat unfairly has the effect of changing how one looks upon the reproductions he presents because one is coerced into viewing them in the way he describes.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thentro on January 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Murakami is an interesting character and his work and manifesto is a must read for those interested in contemporary art, Japanese or otherwise. This book is beautifully printed and will be of great interest especially to those with a Japanese art history back ground. No matter if you agree with his views or not.

seer "Japna" must be a very bitter person to think he/she has the corner on Japanese art. I would ignore that cap's filled rant...
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5 of 41 people found the following review helpful By seer on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Murakami presents a suspicious hype on a flawed and updated orientalism. If one actually reads the essay they will see the thin "Weenie Mentality" of this seriously flawed conceit. Saying that there are no interesting ideas in contemporary Japan and therefore the artists cannot be judged harshly reeks of suspicion. Based on bad-boy HELLO KITTY Murakami and NAra are just undeveloped "manga" characters with no story line. considering that the role of Manga in Japanese society -underground as well- is minimal. Wanting to be a wall label like Prada or Gucci Murakami has cheapened himself to the level of izod and is on his way to k-mart. This silly collection disposable "art" will join the ranks of Mark Kostabi.
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