Collection in Focus: Superflat
Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Reed Collection Study Center
Before the screening of Jellyfish Eyes (2013) stop by the museum’s Study Center to see works in the Henry’s collection by Takashi Murakami and members of the Kaikai Kiki Collective (an art production and artist management company founded by Murakami) along with older Japanese prints from the Edo (1603-1867) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods.
UW Associate Professor Phillip Thurtle will discuss the spatial aspects of the works on display — primarily the idea of “superflat,” a term coined by Murakami to describe the way various forms of graphic design, pop culture, and fine arts are compressed or flattened in Japan. Thurtle will make connections between Murakami’s work, manga, anime, and the ‘flat’ images of 17th, 18th and 19-century Japanese printmakers.