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Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled (Eros Diary), 2015, Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
Infamous for his sexually explicit and debauched works, photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has laughed in the face of taboos. Araki has captured toys, fruits, city streets, red light district denizens, and celebrities like Lady Gaga, while creating skillfully composed and playful works that make him, arguably, Japan’s most well known photographer. But a new exhibition at the Anton Kern Gallery (532 West 20th Street New York, NY) focuses on the fragility of life and Araki’s own mortality. Eros Diary runs from July 9th through August 7, 2015, and is comprised of 77 black and white photographs that show a more introspective side to Araki.
The photos touch on issues like the marriage to his wife Yoko, who passed away in 1990, the loss of sight in his right eye, and his recent battle with prostate cancer. These photos look within Araki’s own thoughts on his mortality, than the world of carnality that his photos usually go to.
In a 1995 interview, Araki said that “Photography was destined to be involved with death. Reality is in color, but at its beginnings photography always discolored reality and turned it into black and white. Color is life, black and white is death. A ghost was hiding in the invention of photography.”
This exhibition will be Araki facing that ghost head on.
To learn more, go to: http://www.antonkerngallery.com/
ARAKI Eros DiaryJuly 9 - August 7, 2015
Anton Kern Gallery532 West 20th StreetNew York, NY 10011
Untitled 2014, Alex Yanes
Featuring art from around the world, The Armory Show (March 5 - 8, 2015), at Piers 92 and 94 (711 12th Ave New York, NY) is one of the most renowned international art fairs in New York. The Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its sixteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world's leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York.
Exhibitors at the Armory Show include:
And many, many more.
Events happening around the Armory Show includes the Un-Scene (http://www.theunscene.org/) exhibiton of art influenced by science and technology.
"The Armory Show, housed in Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side, is the largest art fair in New York and one of the principal annual art events in the international art market calendar. Visited by tens of thousands of people each March, the Armory has for almost two decades been the showpiece for some of the world's most important modern and contemporary art galleries. Canonical names from Picasso to Pollock have all been presented at the fair, as have, in equal measure, some of the most cutting edge artists of a younger generation. Organized by The Armory Show, Armory Arts Week has emerged as one of liveliest moments in New York's already rich cultural calendar, with a number of smaller art fairs temporarily alighting throughout the city and the major museums staging their marquee exhibitions to coincide with the fair."
To learn more, visit: http://www.thearmoryshow.com/
The Armory ShowMarch 5 - 8, 2015
Piers 92/94711 12th AveNew York, NY 10019
Cherub faced, capable of spaceflight, and armed with machine guns, Astro Boy (or Mighty Atom, as he’s known in Japan), has been delighting audiences the world over since 1952 in comics, animated TV series, and films. Now the original comic that started it all will be collected in a lavish Ominbus edition from Dark Horse Comics. Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 is nearly 700 pages worth of Astro Boy’s adventures, including rare and out of print material, and will be released in October, 2015.
A robot that’s part Pinocchio and part Superman, Astro Boy was created by Osamu Tezuka (1928 - 1989), who is popularly considered the "God of Manga" for his groundbreaking work in Japanese comics and animation. Tezuka’s work spans family friendly fare to dark psychological dramas and include Phoenix, Black Jack, and Message to Adolf, among many other titles.
For more information, go to: http://www.darkhorse.com/
In March of 2001, indie comic auteur Jhonen Vasquez, previously known for the cryptically comical comics Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee, unleashed his first animated series for a younger audience on Nickelodeon called Invader Zim. Following the adventures of a hyperactive would-be world conquering alien disguising himself as a human schoolboy, Zim struck a chord with audiences for it’s bizarre characters and strange humor. But after only 26 episodes the show went off the air in 2002 and the adventures of Zim came to an end… until now.
Oni Press (publishers of Blue Monday, Scott Pilgrim, and Queen & Country) have announced that they will bring back Zim as a new comic book series. The comic picks up where the show left off and is being done in collaboration with Vasquez and show staff Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, and Rikki Simmons. Issue one will be released July 1, 2015.
“I’m always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn’t in my head," said show creator Jhonen Vasquez. "I try to imagine the world for all those people who don’t know what Zim’s been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place.”
To learn more, go to: http://onipress.tumblr.com/
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