Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A densely informative book, "See/Saw" is a fluid read for the amateur and novice alike and is packed with intriguing insights and compelling artwork." -- Karen Day, Cool Hunting
"See/Saw offers a provocative new look at the origins of Japanese pop art." Foreword Reviews
"Clear, concise and informative, highly recommended." -- Hi Fructose
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.