Superflatlands: the global culture of Takashi Murakami and superflat art

Sharp, K 2007, 'Superflatlands: the global culture of Takashi Murakami and superflat art', Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 39-49.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Superflatlands: the global culture of Takashi Murakami and superflat art
Author(s) Sharp, K
Year 2007
Journal name Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies
Volume number 26
Issue number 1
Start page 39
End page 49
Total pages 11
Publisher Auckland University of Technology, Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication
Abstract The interactions and exchanges in contemporary processes of globalisation challenge the conventional binary positioning of the cultures of 'East' and 'West'. Contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and his theory of Superflat art provide a useful case study of the strategies artists can employ to actively negotiate cultural and artistic identities in between this binary. These strategies, both challenging and reinforcing the East/West binary, are performed in international art markets, which are dominated by Western interests and yet are also open to the restructuring forces of globalisation. Takashi Murakami developed his theory of Superflat art in order to negotiate the cultural and capitalist dynamics that structure global encounters. Revealing the complex and fluid dynamics between culture, capital and art in contemporary globalisation, Murakami's strategy involves using the market profile generated from the sales and exhibitions of his paintings and sculptures in the United States and Europe to create a context for Superflat art in Japan. Ultimately the paper examines the tensions between the presentation of Superflat as a specifically Japanese expression and the deterritorialising impulses generated by its global circulation.
Subject Globalisation and Culture
Keyword(s) art
globalisation
contemporary Japanese art
Takashi Muramaki
ISSN 0111-8889
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