TOKYO///INSIDE THE FANTASY WORLD OF MOTOICHIRO TAKEBE…

July 9, 2007  |  Uncategorized

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Fans of vintage Japanese illustration and fantasy art (with enough spare change for a plane ticket to Tokyo) will be amazed to see the first posthumous exhibit of original art by the master MOTOICHIRO TAKEBE, now open at the city's YAYOI MUSEUM. Elaborately titled, "The World of Eternal Heroes and Heroines—From Picture Story Shows to Sci-Fi Art," the show chronicles the career of one of Japan's most influential commercial artists with a huge array of original works, many never before exhibited. Takebe began his career creating widely-acclaimed covers for children's books in the 1950s and went on to define the look of Sci-Fi illustration in his native Japan throughout the 1960s and '70s. Influenced by his American contemporaries, Takebe brought a hybrid Americanized style to Japan and his scantily-clad Asian/Anglo pinup girls became a staple of otaku fanboy life, influencing a generation of illustrators and manga artists to come. A highlight of the show is the original art for his most revered Sci-Fi cover, "Princess of Mars." HAVE A LOOK:

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