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Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Slp edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994140
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In September the work of the contemporary Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara will fill New York City's Asia Society Museum (of which Chiu is director) in an unprecedented one-man show. This catalogue also pulls out all the stops. Mimicking the windows in Nara's installations, an elaborate slipcase has cutouts with several of Nara's captivating characters peeking out. The essays, of uneven quality, place Nara in the company of animator Walt Disney, indie rock, and Margaret Keane, a painter of kitschy, wide-eyed child-people. Nara speaks best for himself in 300 illustrations and in several blog entries. He describes his love of album jacket art: "Once I spilled coffee over a jacket. It didn't affect the sound, but I ended up buying the same record again (laugh...)." These excerpts represent Nara as a truly contemporary artist engaged with social media and unafraid to pop up on mass merchandise. With its punk music influences and Morton-salt-girl-meets-David-Lynch aesthetic, Nara's work has an irresistible appeal well represented here.
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About the Author

Melissa Chiu and Miwako Tezuka are the director and associate curator of Asia Society Museum and cocurators of the 2010 exhibition.

 

Midori Matsui is a noted Japanese art critic. Michael Wilson is an associate editor for Artforum magazine.

 

Hideki Toyoshima founded graf design collective, which has collaborated with Nara on multiple installations.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zendicant Penguin on August 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a book, as noted in listing, issued in conjunction with an exhibition of the Asia Society in New York. Weight and dimensions as listed and in approx. 267 pps.
It is published in Hong Kong, one step up from Made In China but definitely printed to Made in Hong Kong standards by Abrams, a long established art book publisher with long established ties to the HK printing industry. As such, the book has the look and feel that one expects from an Abrams title published in HK which ties in to my overall critique of this book. To wit, that this epitomizes what is an adequate representation of Mr. Nara's work.

The works contained are primarily his paintings but also numerous --about an equal number-- of the artist's drawings on paper and some sculptural works. In fact, the book contains a more than adequate number of artworks, and a very representative display of Mr. Nara's talent from at least as early as 1984 to 2009.
The book includes a small number of well-written essays. Of most interest to me, an extended discussion with the artist. This was the most edifying and satisfying aspect of the book. I believe that the artist said what he needed to make his point well, and his point was well taken.

I rate this 3 stars because it will be best received by people who are enamoured of Mr. Nara's artwork and who just want to see as much of it as they can, and for them this is a 4 or 5 star publication.
For those of us who are mildly interested or just curious, this book is adequate. Then any large and comprehensive book about the artist will do just as well, I think, and without knowing more about what books are out there, one suspects there are other books with broader appeal; perhaps is a little less esoteric.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rach on January 15, 2014
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This book is VERY big, it didn't fit on my shelf! Nonetheless, I actually kind of like that aspect of it. The covering is absolutely adorable and the book itself is very sturdy and almost feels like a brick. The content is of course beautiful and a great book to have when you're looking for a good source of artwork.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack Apple on September 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The first time I saw Yoshitomo Nara's work was at MOMA (Queens NY)back in 2002 in the "Drawing Now: Eight Propositions" show. Amidst predictable big art names like Elizabeth Peyton and John Currin, Nara stood out like a beacon of hope. I spent the longest amount of time standing before a wall covered in his drawings of sad dogs and little Asian girls with a glint of menace in their eyes. Since then, Nara has built an enormous and well-earned following throughout Asia and Europe, alongside his colleague Hideki Toyoshima (graf), who was running his own studio in Japan. The collaboration between the two is nothing short of magical. This book is the catalog of his show (currently open as I write this in September 2010) at The Asia Society on Park Avenue in New York City. I have not seen a show this spectacular since the Basquiat show at the Brooklyn Museum in 2005, and this book, "Nobody's Fool," captures it well. From the hard slipcase featuring cut-out windows replicating the small houses he builds to showcase his art, to the lengthy and enlightening interview with Nara himself, as well as Toyoshima's first-person account of how he and Nara met and how they work, to the pages-upon-pages of high-quality photography documenting the show, as well as the making of the show, this substantial book is a powerful statement on its own.
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By Dan on February 1, 2014
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While it's not as amazing as the complete works, I really do love this collection as well. Also makes a great gift.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben on April 5, 2011
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I just bought this book in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ateneo Book Store). It's simply beatiful, very well done and simple at the same time.
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