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Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›