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, and what does it tell us about contemporary social, economic, and cultural life in Japan and throughout the world? 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 animé (Japanese animation) a world where meticulous technique, apocalyptic imagery, and high and low cultures meet.
Little Boy concludes Murakami’s Superflat” trilogy, a project conceived in 2000 to introduce a new wave of Japanese artists and to place their work in the historical context of traditional styles and concepts.
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Little Boy explores contemporary Japanese popular culture from the unique perspective of one of the country’s most celebrated artists. Takashi Murakami and others focus on the phenomenon of otaku a subculture obsessed with fantastic and apocalyptic science fiction, video games, comics, and film animation illuminating the cultural conditions and historical influences that shape the work of Japanese artists today.About the Author:
Takashi Murakami has exhibited works in major museums throughout the world. His high-profile public art commissions include large-scale installations at Grand Central and Rockefeller Center, and he is also well known for his design work for Louis Vuitton. Contributors include: Sawaragi Noi, Matsui Midori, Morikawa Kaichiro, Okada Toshio, Katy Siegel, and project directors Tom Eccles and Alexandra Munroe.
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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
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110300102852
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97803001028571.0
Descrizione libro Yale University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0300102852