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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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Product Details

  • Series: In the Floating World: Slash with a Knife, 1999
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers (March 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3775712542
  • ISBN-13: 978-3775712545
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,322,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This Made in Germany book published by Hatje Cantz possibly underwritten or sponsored by the Ursula Blickle Foundation presents to us representative works by Japanese New Pop artists with criticism/analysis by Margrit Brehm and Gregor Jansen who attempt to explain the New Pop phenomenon to the world.
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.
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An excellent source of information on the recent Japanese pop art movement. Prominent figures such as Murakami and Nara make their appearances within its pages, and images of each artist's work are presented in large numbers.

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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Not only the selection of artists and artist's work is good but the stories they tell about each of them is between the finest you can find. The writer makes it easy to understand the artist's mind in very few words. I'm sorry I didn't go to the exibition that generated this catalog.
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