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Bye Bye Kitty!!! at Japan Society, New York

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ERECTRO(clara) by Motohiko Odani, 2004, photo by Kioku Keizo - click to enlarge

Bye Bye Kitty!!! - Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art - a fantastically curated show that has gained prominent relevance due to recent sad events in Japan is currently on show at New York's Japan Society.

It's an incredible tour de force featuring some in the Western art world often marginalised and underrepresented Japanese artists, my favourites being: Makoto Aida, Manabu Ikeda, Rinko Kawauchi, Motohiko Odani (above), Chiharu Shiota (previously featured here) and Miwa Yanagi (below).


From the Fairytale series by Miwa Yanagi, silver gelatin print, 2004 - click to enlarge

There's a lot to see and learn at this show so please don't miss it if you're in NYC. The Japan Society also offers you countless ways to donate to Japan's struggle with the earthquake and tsunami aftermath.

Details are below and please don't miss this interview with the amazing Makoto Aida (via Substrom):

On show: Mar 18 - Jun 12, 2011

Address: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, tel: 212.832.1155 | Map & Directions

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11 AM - 6 PM, Fri : 11 AM - 9 PM, Sat & Sun: 11 AM - 5 PM

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5 comments to " Bye Bye Kitty!!! at Japan Society, New York "

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    AkaTako says:

    I can't wait to go see this! Finally some Japanese art that's not Ukiyo-e or uber-cute.

    March 25th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I couldn't agree more. Of course, it could be edgier, but for a show at such a happy family place, it's actually quite daring and the artists very well selected. They could have easily dropped Nara from the roster though, imo.

    March 25th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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    AkaTako says:

    Yes I think he just did an exhibition (is still doing?) at the Asia Society so it was probably a "well he's already here so let's take advantage" decision. At least, that's what I would guess. :)

    March 25th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    That's probably the case. Gah.. he really bores me. I love how Makoto Aida says in the video above that Japanese art is not just about Nara & Murakami when the former is actually in the same exhibition as him. CLASS! :D

    March 25th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

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    Suzanne G. – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Tous Cannibales at Maison Rouge, Paris says:

    [...] Makoto Aida, Gilles Barbier, Michaël Borremans, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Will Cotton, Wim Delvoye, Marcel Dzama, James Ensor, Francisco de Goya, J. J. Grandville, Pieter Hugo, Melissa Ichiuji, Oda Jaune (a great new discovery for me!), Fernand Khnopff, Théo Mercier, Félicien Rops, Bettina Rheims, Toshio Saeki, Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin, and lots lots lots more. [...]

    March 29th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

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