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In the 1970s, estranged from the institutions and practices of high art, avant-garde artist and award-winning novelist Genpei Akasegawa launched an open-ended, participatory project to search the streets of Japan for strange objects which he and his collaborators labeled "hyperart," codifying them with an elaborate system of humorous nomenclature. Along with "modernologist ...more
Paperback, 401 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Kaya Press (first published September 30th 2009)
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Imagine that you're walking through an older neighborhood when you stumble upon a bit of historical detritus - an unused upstairs doorway with no porch or stairs, a stairway that leads to a blank wall, or the remains of a building impressed into the facade of its neighbor. What's more, you notice that someone has spent some time and effort maintaining this vestige. They've painted the door, or repaired a broken stair.

This manifestation is what Japanese avant-garde Genpei Akasegawa designated Hyp
Most enjoyable book i've ever read about conceptual art!
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Genpei Akasegawa (Japanese: 赤瀬川原平) is a rare phenomenon, an artist who successfully transitioned from the avant-garde to the larger realm of popular culture. He emerged on the Japanese art scene around 1960, starting in the radical “Anti-Art” movement and becoming a member of the seminal artist collectives Neo Dada and Hi Red Center. The epic piece Model 1,000-Yen Note Incident (1963-1974), which ...more
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