First thing’s first, check out the beautiful cover of the book!
This is going to be a beautiful book! Just browse through the artists who are featured in this! Also… this book is compiled by Roger Gastman and he is definitely a BIG deal (Junkies who know anything about the Hello Kitty documentary know who he is)!
Hello Kitty, Hello Art! is a celebration of the iconic Hello Kitty character and other beloved Sanrio characters through the eyes of dozens of contemporary artists and Hello Kitty fans, including Gary Baseman, Ron English, Luke Chueh, CRASH, Anthony Lister, Eric Joyner, Camilla d’Errico, Amanda Visell, Colin Christian, Huck Gee, Luke Chueh, Deph, and Yosuke Ueno, among others. This hardcover collectible book features a variety of well-known international artists and their unique interpretations of Sanrio characters in various media, including canvas, spray paint, watercolor and ink, aerosol and acrylics on wood, mixed media, oil on panel, and silk screen. The pieces in the book reflect the many ways Hello Kitty and Sanrio have influenced and inspired so many artists around the world.
via Abrams Books
If you’re on IG, follow @knowngallery for up-to-the-minute info…
and sneak peeks! n___n
Here is the press release about the book:
Hello Kitty, Hello Art! – The Book
Hello Kitty, Hello Art! is a hardcover collectible book (9.5” x 11.5”) that is published by ABRAMS and features works of art inspired by Sanrio characters including the iconic Hello Kitty® as well as My Melody®, Keroppi® , Badtz-Maru®, Little Twin Stars®, and more. Inside its glossy cover, the book contains an impressive array of celebrated artists from around the globe, showcasing in both art and words the inspiring ways Hello Kitty and Sanrio have influenced both their work and personal lives. The book features over 200 color illustrations that infuse pop culture and street art, as well as a pull-out sheet of custom-designed tattoos. The book ($35) will be on sale at the event and on sanrio.com.
The art featured in this vibrant collector’s edition ranges from edgy to obscure to world-class adorable and everything in between. Hello Kitty, Hello Art! features artwork crafted using a variety of mediums including canvas, spray paint, watercolor and ink, aerosol and acrylic on wood, mixed media, oil on panel and silkscreen. While the artists featured in the book collaborated with Sanrio for Hello Kitty’s 35th anniversary celebration in 2009 and Sanrio’s 50th anniversary in 2010, a few have been invited to create new interpretations of Sanrio characters to celebrate the book launch.
Save-the-date! Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 1 – 6 pm! Here is the flyer for the one day pop-up event which will be held at the Known Gallery, located at: 441 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Please see below for details:
Artist Signing Reception & Product Release
Sunday, October 14, 2012 / 1pm-6pm
An afternoon of iconic art delights for Sanrio fans of all ages, Sunday’s agenda features a special artist signing event and specialty product releases set to the tune of DJ sets by The Pastries. Limited-edition prints of specific pieces featured in the gallery show and book, as well as exclusive t-shirts from The Seventh Letter – the largest graffiti and street art collective in the world – will be available for sale. Guests are invited to have their book signed by Hello Kitty, Hello Art! Artists who will be onsite to celebrate the book release with Sanrio fans along with Sanrio’s ambassador of art Hello Kitty!
In addition to the event, select limited edition prints and t-shirts from The Seventh Letter will be available for purchase on sanrio.com.
Sanrio, best known for global icon Hello Kitty and home to many endearing characters including Chococat, My Melody, and Keroppi, is a worldwide lifestyle brand founded on the “small gift, big smile®” philosophy — that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. For over 50 years, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique Sanrio products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 70 countries and upwards of 12,000 U.S. locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 100 Sanrio boutiques. For more information, please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.
Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS is the preeminent publisher of high quality art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, ABRAMS is the publisher of bestsellers such as the wildly popular The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, the award-winning cookbooks of Alton Brown, and the stunning photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Earth from Above. ABRAMS publishes books in the areas of art, photography, cooking, interior design, craft, fashion, sports, pop culture, as well as children’s books and general interest. The company’s imprints include Abrams; Appleseed Books; Abrams ComicArts; Abrams Image; Abrams Books for Young Readers; Amulet Books; Stewart, Tabori & Chang; and STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. www.abramsbooks.com
I hope to see my Junkies — you can RSVP for the event so I know who I should look for! It’s gonna be sooo much fun! ^___^
Thank you Dyann for the info!