SF///ASTRO BOY x YOSHITOSHI…

June 29, 2007  |  Uncategorized

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Stopped off in SF for a quick day trip and managed to drop by the ASIAN ART MUSEUM for their incredible retrospective shows on legendary Japanese artists and "Superflat" pioneers OSAMU TEZUKA and YOSHITOSHI. Best known for his legendary manga & anime character, ASTRO BOY, Osamu Tezuka is widely regarded in his native country as the God of Manga for his indelible impact on the genre (he created over 700 titles in his lifetime). Predating him is the legendary Yoshitoshi, one of the most accomplished and twisted practitioners of the ancient Japanese art form Ukiyo-e ("the floating world"), a style often thought of as the predecessor to manga. Both shows are fantastically curated and contain hundreds of original images and prints. In the case of Tezuka, the show is a rarity as this is the first one of its kind to appear outside of Japan and the original artwork, including drawings and paintings, has never traveled before. In the case of Yoshitoshi, the woodblock prints on display are of exceptional quality and most look as if they were printed yesterday, despite being over a century old. With more than two months of display time left, the exhibits are more than worth the trip (too bad there's no Shinkansen from LA to San Francisco)...astroboy.jpg

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