Shigeru Mizuki, 1922–2015

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The great artist, Shigeru Mizuki, died on November 30 of last year. When visiting comic book stores to see if they have any of his works I’ve yet to find anyone working there who’s ever heard of him. But in Japan he’s a towering and extraordinary artist.

I wonder why it is that an artist of such extraordinary imaginative vision, originality and drawing ability is completely unknown in art circles in the US that thinks of graffiti scribblers like Basquiat as immortal and titanic geniuses.

And why do moronic abstract expressionist clones like Geoffrey Dorfmann, who can’t paint a convincing stick figure any better than Basquiat,  look down their nose at “comic art” like that of Mizuki or any other artist working in a “low form” fit only for the common people?

Is anyone out there in art land giving any thought to this kind of question?

Does anyone think there’s a bit of irony in the fact that Mizuki’s exquisite “art for children” is far more sophisticated in its subject and artistry than the “art for adults” strewn haplessly around Contemporary Art wings and museums. Take a look at the complexity of Muzuki’s ouevre compared to the simplistic repetitiveness of Abstract Expressionism and Geometric design art. Compare it to the childish Dzama/Haring/Basquiat emptiness. Where does one go to find adult artists who address themselves to the seriousness of the human predicament?

How much more evidence has to be offered of just how dead and sterile our culture has become when one finds more serious content and artistic ability in Japanese comic books?

Of course artists today do everything in their power to please their collectors, who demand that artists say nothing and think nothing about our current world. Art is there to take the collector class as far as possible away from reality…. to take them back to the innocence of childhood where they can stay completely fascinated as they drool at bright and shiny objects… of the kind all little babies like to drool over. And to pat themselves on the back with simpleminded politically correct nonsense with all the thoughtful substance of a Walt Disney movie.


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4 Responses to Shigeru Mizuki, 1922–2015

  1. Marcia says:

    Tried to post – great work!

    Marcia Finkelstein 505.385.8746


  2. goetzkluge says:

    I lived some years in Japan and bough several of Mizukis ghost books. I think he didn’t need recognition outside of Japan. But, unsurprisingly, he had and has quite a few readers in France.

  3. sydsart says:

    For some reason I never received this column. It is marvelous. I do understand I think, why the currant crop of finger painters would not understand the art. He reminds me of the artists of the 14th and 15th century. Please continue to educate me. Thank you, Syd Harper.

  4. trueoutsider says:

    Thanks, Syd. Really glad you appreciate some of the work I post as much as I do. Cheers.

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