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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 is "Mountain Girl," a typically stunning example of the art of Chiho Aoshima.

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