Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Okay so this post is way late. It's about the show, Little Boy, at the NY Japan Society this summer. Little Boy examines the culture of postwar Japan through its arts and popular visual media. Focusing on the youth-driven phenomenon of otaku (roughly translated as “geek culture” or “pop cult fanaticism”), Takashi Murakami and a notable group of contributors explore the complex historical influences that shape Japanese contemporary art and its distinct graphic languages. The show’s title, Little Boy, is a reference to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, thus clearly locating the birth of these new cultural forms in the trauma and generational aftershock of the atomic bomb. Here
is an article about the show with some images also for those who missed the show, you can buy the catalog for sixty clams here.