'Talk of Japanese contemporary art and everyone inevitably thinks of the pop-culture fantasies of Takashi Murakami, along with Yoshitomo Nara and others connected to Murakami's "Superflat" movement. Meanwhile, Japan has stumbled through a series of economic, social and ecological crises since the collapse of its “Bubble” economy in the early 1990s. How did Murakami, Nara and "Superflat" rise to become the dominant artistic vision of Japan today? What lies behind their images of a childish and decadent society unable to face up to reality? Before and After Superflat tells the true story of the Japanese art world since 1990, its struggle to find a voice amidst Japan's decline and the rise of China, and the responses of other artists, less well known outside, who offer alternative visions of its troubled present and future.' (From book band)
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Onsite

author

Adrian FAVELL

Location code REF.FAA2
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2012

No of pages

246

ISBN / ISSN

9789881506412

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Little Boys and Tokyo Girls: The Rise of Superflat
How to be A-Zillionaire: Commerce, Design and Art in the Superflat World
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? The Tokyo Art World in the 1990s
Art & The City: How Art Replaced God at the Heart of Neo-Tokyo
After the Gold Rush: The New Japanese Art Scene in the 2000s
Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011
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Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011