Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics - the exhibition catalogue from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics

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A beautiful book of Takashi Murakami's works presented alongside Japanese masterpieces drawn from the Museum of Fine Arts' Collection

Takashi Murakami’s irreverent, pop culture-infused art has made him one of the most recognized Japanese artists today. His bright, contemporary boisterousness, however, belies his deep scholarship and engagement with traditional Japanese art. Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, the companion book to an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston presents key examples of Murakami’s work alongside a rich selection of Japanese masterpieces from the museum spanning several centuries and arranged here according to concepts laid out by his mentor and foil, leading Japanese art historian Nobuo Tsuji. These include works by Kawanabe Kyosai, Soga Shohaku, Kano Eino, Ito Jakuchu and Hishikawa Moronobu.

Beautifully illustrated with Tsuji’s selections from the peerless Japanese art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as some of the artist’s best-known works of painting and sculpture, the combination of old and new in this groundbreaking volume enriches our understanding of each, and ultimately shows us how contemporary art can be seen as part of a continuum or lineage.

  • Author: Anne Nishimura Morse, Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Museum of Fine Art, Boston
  • Hardcover: 184 pages | 80 illustrations
  • Date published: April 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0878468492
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21.5 cm