It’s true, what many of you have heard – Otomo’s catalogue for his Genga Exhibition is even more wicked than his latest art book Kaba 2. From cover to cover, its a grand celebration of artist’s 39 years of superfluous art work.
To begin, check out how this monster trumps even Otomo’s own giant art book Kaba in sheer size and volume :
And now to address a question that many Otomo fans have been asking – how much content is actually as yet unpublished art work ? From a cursory browsing of the book, my guesstimation is that most of the art work contained within have been published in one form or another.
This I am pretty certain with regards to the 2nd half of the book, because they are relatively more “recent” work which I am more or less familiar with; but the content in the first half of the book ( images below ) are really old work which will be much harder to track down I think. ( Otomo experts out there, please correct me if I’m wrong. )
All that said, there are 2 things that are worth mentioning.
The first is that even though many of the art work aren’t new, its the first time they are presented in their “raw” and unvarnished form, uncropped too, lending a pristine quality to the work. It’s as if Otomo himself dug out all his original pieces of art work, stacked them in a neat and tidy pile and then diligently reproduced them with a giant flatbed scanner.
Which is probably how it was done, only it was a couple of his jimusho (office) staff slogging away and not him, no offence intended sir. )
The 2nd is size – the prints are humongous and delicately reproduced, the colors vibrant and eye-popping, the sharpness spot on and crisp. One might need to inspect the book in person to tell the real difference, but its definitely there.
I don’t think Otomo fans will want to miss out on this one. It’s a good thing Amazon Japan is selling it, which makes the book available to his fans all over the world. And because I won’t have to lug this big and heavy book all the way back home after the exhibition.
Highly, highly recommended. ( folks who already got the book, I’ll love to hear what you think. :] )
“Otomo Katsuhiro Genga Exhibition Catalogue” art book details :
– Dimensions – 36.2 x 25.6 x 2 cm
– Softcover, 256 pages
– Full color/Black & White, in Japanese language
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