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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: 3.9 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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