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Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art…

by Adrian Favell

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I didn't really enjoy this book. The author's biases make for a particularly slow read.

Plus: Discusses various contemporary artist that are quite good.

Minus: Still thinks "avant-garde" is relevant, seems to resents people being commercially successful, doesn't see contradiction in celebrating local and globalization, doesn't seem to "get" many of the movements he is discussing.

Three stars are because I appreciate being exposed to Aida et al. ( )
  nexist | Jun 30, 2013 |
"Soft power" was, at the time, a compelling enough notion that they were convinced that a Japan declining economically could retain its influence through the strategic export of manga, anime and Hello Kitty goods. Soft power, however, becomes attractive only when a country has lost the other kind of power, and has seldom been an adequate replacement for it. The politicians eventually realized that, and now, as Favell notes, "Cool Japan is over."
added by dcozy | editThe Japan Times, David Cozy (Nov 18, 2012)
 
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