作品名: Buddha Asyura, Nara
画題等: Saitö’s Buddhist images are very slender, deformed and simplified, similar to the figures of Amedeo Modigliani or Alberto Giacometti. They are sometimes described as “flattened,” a quality common to traditional Japanese two-dimensional images. “Superflat” is a term created by the contemporary Japanese artist Murakami Takashi to describe the imagery of anime (Japanese animation) as rejecting the concept of depth in both pictorial and ideological terms. Visually such flatness can free viewers from the constraints of perspective. Ideologically, this flatness represents the rejection of any hierarchical ordering in contemporary culture. In the “flattened” postmodern society, the concepts of “high” or “low,” and “Japanese” or “non-Japanese,” do not exist. Thus, nothing separates coexisting international cultures. Saitö’s prints may be seen as a reflection of such visual qualities noted by Murakami.