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The Grey Album is less great in retrospect

jul 15
2001

Murakami

I saw Takeshi Murakami at the Walker today for the opening of his new exhibit, Superflat. Murakami, who spoke and answered questions, is known for transposing manga-like images into the art world. The thesis of the exhibit -- that it "investigates a tendency toward two-dimensionality in Japanese visual art" -- has the potential of being provoking, but never really answers nor asks any good questions. It felt glitzy and plastic, and nothing more.

However, Marakami showed an interesting collage film that juxtaposed scraps of American Hollywood films (American Beauty, Saving Private Ryan, Titanic) against Japanese anime (that I wish I was knowledgeable enough to mention parenthetically).




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