Hello Kitty, Hello Art! (英語) ハードカバー – 2012/10/1
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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.
Sanrio(R), best known for global icon Hello Kitty(R) and home to many endearing characters including Chococat(R), My Melody(R), and Keroppi(R), celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. The worldwide lifestyle brand was founded on the "small gift, big smile(R)" philosophy--that a small gift can bring a big smile to people of all ages. Today, over 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are sold in over 70 countries around the world. In the Western Hemisphere, Sanrio character-branded products are sold in upwards of 12,000 locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 100 Sanrio boutiques.
The texts include some very nice, thoughtful considerations of "kawaii" (generally translated as "cuteness") in Japanese and international contexts - not extended or developed pieces, but nice short thoughts from some of the authors. Personally I find these more interesting and meaningful than most of the scholarly writings I've seen. I particularly liked AIKO's reflections on how Kitty serves as an anchor to home when she's abroad.
Inevitably, given the number of artists involved, each reader will find some works more appealing and others less so. But I was struck by how few didn't do something for me, and there were a good dozen or more that I wish I could hang in my home. The book would be great for the coffee-table, but it's also worth giving some attention. I expect to return to it, again and again.