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    Superflat: What is it?

    I thought I understood what Superflat was, but now I'm lost. First I read it's a parody of Japanese pop culture in itself, but then I read that it's the opposite, more or less a homage in the fine art world. What the heck is it?

    EDIT: Ah whoops, wrong section of general forums.
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    superflat zone?
    Superflat: What is it?
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    In the fine art world, parody and homage, irony and sincerity, are often intertwined to the point of inseparability. The wikipedia page is actually a pretty good explanation.

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    Eesh, I know it's one thing to say it can't be black and white, but it shouldn't be contradictory, should it?

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    It's like superfly only fat. so it's flat.

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    Jonathon Ross's interview with Takashi Murakami, who invented superflat, explains it pretty well and in detail:


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    ...Ok, so with pop culture it glorifies the good, and also points out the bad.

    But as a whole it's about breaking what people think is or isn't art, like the whole "art or illustration" thing.

    This Murakami is a cool dude. Plus his work is pretty awesome, ignoring the disgusting ones.

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    I like johnathon woss. Especially when he has to talk about wobots made with owigami.

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    Superflat is name that Takashi Murakami came for his style of work, yknow the stuff with wierdesque disney like figures and and super saturated/super lovely colors.

    And I wouldnt care for it. So an artist came up with name of style that is ironically derivative of some good original stuff(in this case the anime/manga). Pfff. I like some of his work but whatever.

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    Wouldn't care for what?

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    Wouldn't care for what?
    I wouldnt care for these pseudo-isms and styles. Seems like everybodys an art hero these days.

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    Bhanu, you're my art hero!

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    Bhanu, you're my art hero!
    Hah, thanks!
    I hope people dig me or my work because of good qualities in the works, rather than vain originality or the shock factor or something.

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