Little Boy examines the culture of postwar Japan through its arts and popular visual media. Focusing on the youth-driven phenomenon of otaku (roughly translated as 'geek culture' or 'pop cult fanaticism'), Takashi Murakami and a notable group of contributors explore the complex historical influences that shape Japanese contemporary art and its distinct graphic languages. The book's title, Little Boy, is a reference to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, thus clearly locating the birth of these new cultural forms in the trauma and generational aftershock of the atomic bomb. This generously illustrated book showcases the work of key otaku artists and designers, many of whom are cult celebrities in Japan, and discusses their feature film and video animations, video games and internet sites, music, toys, fashion and more. In the process, the following questions are posed: What is otaku? How is it related to the pervasive and curious fixation on 'cuteness' evident in Japanese popular culture? What impact did the atomic devastation of World War II have on the development of Japanese art and culture? This brilliantly designed, bilingual (English and Japanese) publication examines these themes to explore how contemporary Japanese art has become inseparable from the subcultural realms of manga and anime (Japanese animation), a world where meticulous technique, apocalyptic imagery and high and low cultures meet. Exhibition schedule: Japan Society, New York City, April-July 2005 other venues to be announced.
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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. ** WE SHIP DAILY (Mon-Fri) ** Free Tracking Information. Codice libro della libreria mon0000056338
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110300102852
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Bilingual. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0300102852
Descrizione libro Yale University Press / Japan Society, New Haven, CT, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Edition not stated 2005, no additional printings listed, published to accompany exhibition Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture. Hardcover in laminated pictorial covers, no DJ as issued. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, spine Not creased, sharp corners, no markings of any kind, no names no underlinings no highlights no bent pages, Not a reminder. Large 4to, XIV + 299 pages, illustrated throughout. Large and heavy book will require additional postage for priority or international orders. Codice libro della libreria 013379