CONTEMPORARY ART MOVEMENTS

PUBLISHER
Kaya Press

BOOK FORMAT
Paperback, 5 x 6.5 in. / 448 pgs / 234 bw.

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Pub Date
Forthcoming

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ISBN 9781885030788 TRADE
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Hyperart: Thomasson

By Genpei Akasegawa. Text by Masayuki Qusumi, William Marotti, Jordan Sand, Reiko Tomii, Matthew Fargo. Translated by Matthew Fargo.

Hyperart: Thomasson

"Akasegawa is the kind of artist who inspires everybody every time he makes a new piece of art." –Yoko Ono

In the 1970s, estranged from the institutions and practices of high art, avant-garde artist and award-winning novelist Genpei Akasegawa (1937–2014) launched an open-ended, participatory project to search the streets of Japan for strange objects which he and his collaborators labeled "hyperart," codifying them with an elaborate system of humorous nomenclature.
Along with "modernologists" such as the Japanese urban anthropologist Kon Wajiro and his European contemporary, Walter Benjamin, Akasegawa is part of a lineage of modern wanderers of the cityscape. His work, which has captured the imagination of Japan, reads like a comic forerunner of the somber mixed-media writings of W.G. Sebald, and will appeal to all fans of modern literature, art, artistic/social movements and writing that combines visual images and text in the exploration of urban life.
In this revised edition, Matthew Fargo's original US translation of Akasegawa's hilarious, brilliantly conceived exercise in collective observation is accompanied by reflections from noted scholars Jordan Sand and Reiko Tomii, as well as a new essay by Akasegawa scholar William Marotti and a reflection on Akasegawa's legacy as a teacher by writer, artist and composer Masayuki Qusumi, a former student of Akasegawa's.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Hyperart: Thomasson'.

Hyperart: Thomasson

STATUS: Forthcoming | 4/18/2023

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