Item description for Yoshitomo Nara: Lullaby supermarket by Stephan Trescher...
At first sight, the childlike figures for which Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is now famous seem altogether cute and appealing. On closer examination his creations are robust, angry, and vulnerable creatures, standing up defiantly to the world of adults--self-confident, stubborn, and sometimes violent. Nara's work is influenced by Japanese comic books but he is unique in the contemporary art scene for tapping into horror through the medium of the innocent child--this is particularly poignant in Japan's controlled society of rigid language and social structures, especially considering recent shockingly violent crimes in Japan involving children as the aggressors. Nara's work instills the viewer with a juxtaposition of the innocence of children and the evil nature of humanity, or the fall from grace. Like Kurt Cobain's music, Nara's Pop art, too, aims to lend expression to his generation's concerns, encouraging it to meet the constraints of high achievement. Self-determination, individuality, and freedom are themes that infuse Nara's voice that is clearly heard in Japan and America, where the dividing line between "low" and "high" culture is less stringently drawn than in Europe. In addition to Nara's signature paintings, sculptures, and drawings; (poems and diary entries by the artist); this 204-page book includes texts by the art critic Stephan Trescher and the Japanese cult author Banana Yoshimoto.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.84" Width: 8.66" Height: 1.18" Weight: 2.43 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2005
Publisher Verlag Fur Moderne Kunst Nurnberg
ISBN 3933096596 ISBN13 9783933096593
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I love this book! Jun 8, 2007
This is a great book but it's not sold in many bookstores. this site offers a great deal so check it out!
Must have if you likeJapanese pop-arts Feb 21, 2007
If you like Japanese pop arts, you got to buy this book. Lots of illustrations, very good paper/print quality.
One of the Greatest Artists of the World Apr 5, 2006
Nara is one of my favorite artists. More than just a Japanese artist, he is actually an international artist with respect from the upper artistic class and the rebel class. He has the ability to become the Asian 21st Andy Warhol, but he appears to not want it. This collection does not do justice to his work. I mean, there is a difference from seeing his work in person and seeing it in a book. Once you have seen his work up close, you feel a haunting sense come over you. This book cannot do that because it feels so impersonal. However, the pictures here are excellent (of course), but I advise anyone to see his work in person. If you cannot, this book will have to do.
high quality catalog raisonne of a very young artist Mar 14, 2006
This artist is under 40 years old, yet this is an excellent catalog of his work to date. Great print quality, great color and reproductions and paper. It's not a popular press, commercial purpose book, but an academic, museum type book, hence the high quality.
I've never seen his original work live and in person, but this catalog is very satisfying, perhaps because his flat art is so purposely two dimensional.
Plus, great essays, in German and Japanese, and conveniently translated into English, too. Any page you turn to at random, there is something of interest there.