Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, Murakami's "Superflat" is an essay in which he ties current, commercially viable art production (manga, anime, and Neo Pop) to its roots in the late Edo period paintings of artists like Ito Jakuchu and Katsushika Hokusai. He espouses the aesthetic similarities (the interest in decoration and the emphasis on the flatness of the picture plane) as well as the commercial similarities (these earlier artists were print makers and produced large runs of their work for sale to the general public).
English and Japanese Edition
Paperback; 172 pages
Tokyo: Madora Shuppan, 2000
Cover image: © 2000 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.