A hybrid of photography, digital manipulation, and graphics, Anderson & Low’s series Manga Dreams takes its cue from a strain of contemporary youth culture’s costume, hairstyle, and attitude inspired by Japanese comics and animation. Working collaboratively with their subjects to re-create the archetypal characters found in manga and anime, Anderson & Low were left asking themselves if the phenomenon they witnessed on the streets of East Asia and harnessed in their studio was art imitating life or life imitating art.

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Anderson & Low, British, active since 1990
Jonathan Anderson, British, born 1961
Edwin Low, British, born 1957
Untitled (Ming With Sword)
from the series Manga Dreams
2009-2010, printed 2012
Inkjet print
Image: 20 × 26 5/8 in. (50.8 × 67.6 cm) Sheet: 24 × 33 1/8 in. (61 × 84.1 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

Artists, London, England, 2009-10; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 2013