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See/Saw: Connections Between Japanese Art Then and Nowby Ivan Vartanian and Kyoko Wada.
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See/Saw offers a provocative new look at the origins of Japanese pop art. Often defined by its references to manga or anime, contemporary Japanese art in fact has much broader roots. By drawing parallels between the art of Japan past and present, this compelling volume reveals how current artists rework the traditional forms and techniques of Japanese art history. Modern takes on time-honored conventions are illustrated by the work of a star-studded roster of contemporary artists including Tabaimo, Makoto Aida, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yayoi Kusama. Aficionados of both contemporary and traditional Japan are sure to appreciate this fresh perspective on art and the power of visual culture.
Book News Annotation:
This 7x9.75" work for art students and general readers pairs contemporary pieces of Japanese art with other pieces from Japan's past, from feudal Japan to the present. Pieces highlighted include national treasures and famous artworks, as well as items that don't fit the traditional definition of art, such as product design, trucks, and anime and manga. Short essays on Japanese visual traditions make connections between ancient themes and today's high and low culture in Japan, pondering Japanese identity in the post-global, post-pop context and exploring how traditional elements adapted to contemporary art. Some specific essay topics include the Japanese garden and the aesthetic of subtraction, surpassing duality, erotica, and contemporary Zen. The book is illustrated with high-quality color photos, prints, paintings, sculptures, murals, and installations on every page. A chronology and artist profiles are also included. Vartanian is an author and editor. Wada is an art critic and historian. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Ivan Vartanian is an author and editor based in Tokyo, Japan.
Kyoko Wada is an art writer, critic, and historian living in Japan.
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