Drop Dead Cute
, a $24.95 paperback from Chronicle Books, written by Ivan Vartanian, showcases 10 female Japanese artists whose work "combines the pop charge of Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara with a thrilling personal mixture of sweetness and power," according to the publisher, and we couldn't agree more. "This next wave of painters and illustrators from the red-hot Japanese art scene blend aspects of manga, anime and traditional art with their own idiosyncratic visions to create work that is international in appeal, yet uniquely Japanese." Like, hai!
. Seen here are some typically stunning samples of the art of Chiho Aoshima. See www.chroniclebooks.com