Super Flat is Commin' Back

MURAKAMI...He'll be back next year. Heads up don't say I didn't warn you. Last time Super Flat Show hit LA it blew up. It was a crazy time when street art and the Mission School were becoming valid and then this SUPER FLAT Japanese Otaku artist crashed the gates and mixed the scene...it was a good time to be an artist in SmelLA!

One of the other more recognizable Super Flat artist was Yoshimoto Nara, you should know'em. If I am not mistaken in the year following SF he seemed to have done EVERY SINGLE ALBUM COVER FOR EVERY BAND ...

Here is the Press release from the MOCA:

10.01.07 - 12.29.07
Arguably the most internationally acclaimed artist to emerge from Asia in the postwar era, Murakami effortlessly navigates between the worlds of fine art and popular-culture. Featuring the artist best known for his cartoon-like, “superflat” style, this large-scale retrospective includes key selections that span the artist’s career from the early 1990s to the present. The exhibition will include early political works that critique Japan’s consumer culture and talent industries, the ongoing evolution of Murakami’s anime alter-ego, DOB, and an exploration of his large-scale otaku-inspired figure projects of the late 1990s. The artist will also premiere a new body of work that centers on a feature-length animated film. In addition, a fully functional Louis Vuitton boutique will be included as part of the exhibition, highlighting the artist’s continued collaboration with the company. The exhibition is curated by MOCA Chief Curator Paul Schimmel with Research Assistant Mika Yoshitake and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Yo, Not fer Nuthin'...and this is just an after thought but I think these guys and their innocuousocious "uber cute" style paved the way for the Vinyl Toy movement that's going on today in the world. That shit wasn't here 5 years ago...

I mean who didn't want one of these? For real tho, TOKION mag did the McGee and Shepard toys way back but that was about it. We didn't have your fancy pants Dunny's till a minute ago...and I think that this show made some head way that opened that whole market up...

I found my hand bill from the original show when it came through Los Angeles...thought I would share it!
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