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Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s

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The evolution of Jo Nagasaka’s design process is unveiled in a unique publication about his studio’s work. The wide – ranging portfolio of the Japanese firm Schemata Architects demonstrates its strengths and inspirational vision. Pinpointing the founder’s creative spark is what this book is all about.

The title makes reference to the gallery in Tokyo (Gallery Parergon, 1981-1987) that introduced many artists associated with the New Wave phenomenon, its name attributed to Jacques Derrida's essay from 1978 which questioned the "framework" of art, influential to artists and critics during the period. Parergon brings together some of the most enigmatic works that were first generated during a rich two-decade period that are pivotal to the way we perceive and understand contemporary Japanese art today. In the aftermath of the conceptual reconsideration of the object and relationality spearheaded by Mono-ha in the 1970s, this era opened up new critical engagements with language and medium where artists explored expansions in installation, performance, and

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