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The Japanese Experience: Inevitable (In the Floating World: Slash with a Knife, 1999) Hardcover – March 2, 2003
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Physically, the book occurs in approx. 210 colorful pages and is around 9" x 7" in size. A nice thing about it is that it is chockablock full of images with perhaps a half dozen fold-out gate pages. The paper stock is quality as is the reproduction. Some of the pages dedicated to Murakami's work are printed in bright SILVER ink and look fantastic. Also, the puffy cover is a pleasure to hold.
The editorial content is begun with an essay about the New Pop movement in Japan which I believe was handled quite well, and proceeds to discuss nearly a score of representative artists with an especial focus on Takashi Murakami and his Hiropon/Kai Kai Ki Ki operations.
The essays are presented in both English and German. After reading the the English versions I was left without a clear vision of the movement; however, I did appreciate the opportunity to read an interpretation of Murakami's 'Super-Flat' manifesto as well as the explanation of his art business strategy.
As to the artwork contained in the book, one hesitates to call some of it facile merely out of respect for the word. On the other hand its difficult to deny the eye-catching nature of a lot of it, especially that by Murakami and the factory.
I believe that Yoshitomo Nara's 'Ocean Child' is brilliant, and a number of other works contained in the book are interesting, much of it is decorative, a bit of it damp and squibby.
This book is worth looking at, its underlying material is not especially edifying which is exactly the point, I think.
As an analysis of the movement, the essays of "Japanese Experience" show both a historical context as well as a future vision of what these artists are trying to achieve. Simultaneously, the book serves as a good visual record of the artists' work and provides them in high quality.
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This book has some great images. It is in both German and English, but it's pretty well laid-out. Very very colourful with some pull-out pages for longer works, specifically those... Read morePublished on September 23, 2009 by I'm not Nickolai
HMMMMMMM? where is Tenmyouya Hisashi's masterful work that actually engages what is going on in Japanese culture. Read morePublished on April 7, 2005 by seer