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Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art Paperback – 1 Jan 1999

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Hayward Gallery Publishing (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853322229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853322228
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 21.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,773,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Focusing on works made in the last few years, this book aims to convey the complexity, depth and energy of the visual arts in Japan today, and to reflect the great variety and inventiveness of artistic practice in that country. Facts of Life includes texts by Jonathan Watkins, curator and Director of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, and Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. It presents the work of about 25 Japanese artists working in a range of artistic mediums - from senior, established figures such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tatsuo Miyajima to a younger generation of emerging artists. The works identify a strong current of realism and a continuing preoccupation with the everyday, urban life and the built environment, counter-balanced by a more poetic, philosophical and meditative vision. Thoughtful, energetic and radical, the artists in Facts of Life give unprecedented insight into the breadth and diversity of art in contemporary Japan.

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Focusing on works made in the last few years, this book - which includes essays by Jonathon Watkins and Mami Kataoka - aims to convey the complexity, depth and energy of the visual arts in Japan today, and to reflect the great variety and inventiveness of artistic practice in that country.

Facts of Life includes texts by Jonathon Watkins, curator and Director of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, and Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. It presents the work of about 25 Japanese artists working in a range of artistic mediums - from senior, established figures such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tatsuo Miyajima to a younger generation of emerging artists. The works identify a strong current of realism and a continuing preoccupation with the everyday, urban life and the built environment, counter-balanced by a more poetic, philosophical and meditative vision. Thoughtful, energetic and radical, the artists in Facts of Life give unprecedented insight into the breadth and diversity of art in contemporary Japan.

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Having been to the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, I bought the book as I was so impressed with the artwork included. Having been put off by some art books that accompany high profile exhibitions such as this, I was pleasantly surprized by the way this book has been put together and arranged. Lots of large, very good quality images that really do justice to the artwork (of all descriptions) and informative text that isn't too difficult to decifer! I highly reccommend this as a great resource if you love contemporary art like me.
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