Get ready for some awesome "KAWAII" art as the Blue Roses, illustrators from Japan Present “Kawaii” Showing in New York City and Tokyo at the same time!
I idea of “kawaii” in Japan for me means all things cute or adorable.
The term and concept became big in Japan around the 70's and has since become
a staple of Japan's pop culture from entertainment clothing, and food, to toys, comic books, personal appearance, and behavior and mannerisms. You can't go to japan and not see something as "Kawaii"
So Recently kawaii-style illustrations featuring little girls and women have gained momentum, and established a new genre that’s commonly referred to as “Girls Illustration”. The name is deceiving, since the style is not simply “cute” and by no means childish. “Girls Illustration” can feature sophisticated themes and appeal to people of all ages.
18 illustrators and up-and-coming artists who have been creating “Girls Illustration” since 2009 make up Blue Roses They have taken the genre in unexpected directions introducing innovative elements and unique styles. The first Blue Roses group show in Tokyo, in December 2009, was a huge success, with more than 500 people attending. “Kawaii” will feature 15 members of the group and a special guest who will present their personal interpretations of this fascinating and beautiful concept.
New York Show
June 4 – June 17, 2010
147 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001
Opening Reception: Friday June 4, 6pm – 9pm
May 31 – June 11, 2010
3-1-25, 2nd FL. Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0031
No opening reception in this show.
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For more information for the NY exhibition, please contact EXCY GALLERY
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