I'm reading Keith Haring's diaries at the moment. After visiting the museum last month I felt I needed to read more about him so I though his personal diaries would be a good starting point.
Haring talks about his trips to a town in Belgium called Knokke, his 'home from home' he calls it.
He was often hosted by a couple by the name of Nellens, locals and art fans.. They had a Niki De Sainte Phalle designed dragon house (1971) in their garden and this was where Haring would stay, sleeping in the dragons belly.
I dug around and found some stuff on the dragon on the net.
During one stay Haring painted the stairs inside the dragon, you can see the finished stairs
in the video and also some other Haring works..
I want to check this house out and also some other works by Niki De Sainte Phalle.
Some of the Comic Art Tokyo team popped into Harajuku on Sunday to enjoy the end of show party for the Lucas Beaufort exhibition.
If you don't know Lucas' work you should definitely check him out, especially his awesome work on the LB project..
The event was put on by the guys at Osaka based MINT Skateboarding. They did a fantastic job, handmade frames and all..
The event was promoted by Shibuya based HIDDEN magazine, a free magazine that you should definately keep and eye out for when you are in Japan
日曜日に、Comic Art Tokyo運営チームの数名が集合し、渋谷で開催されたLucas Beaufort氏の展示会パーティに足を運んできました！
このイベントは大阪をベースに活動するMINT Skateboarding.、そして渋谷を拠点とするフリーマガジン HIDDEN magazine,によって主催されました。アートやスケートボード等、幅広いジャンルをカバーした読み応えのある雑誌HIDDEN magazine必読です！：）
Black Hook Press gallery is currently running and exhibition of Keizo Miyanishi's works including new pieces created for this show. We will also have a live music performance by Miyanishi and his band on 16th April.
Miyanishi's draftsmanship is impeccable, the precision in his line is amazing.I have taken a few photographs but his work is very much the father of Shohei, or Manabu Ikeda.
Miyanishi's background is varied, the Manga Updates website gives an overview of his career,
"Miyanishi Keizo is best known as an author of erotic manga during the 1970s. As a magazine described his work in 1979, Miyanishi's is "a sensual beauty that is grotesque but sophisticated," explored through characters that are "eccentric and abnormal." He started off as an assistant for the renowned manga author and animator Misaki Mamoru, and after the 70s ero-boom waned made a living as an illustrator. His band, Onna, reached number one on the Japanese indies chart in 1983. He has long been devoted to modern Russian literature, and his recent work bears the distinct influence of that tradition's themes of existentialist suffering and decadence. "
Black Hook Press loves Retrofit Comics. What they do, who they support, how they print.
We are always happy to touch,eye, and read a new Retrofit print. We are a Retrofit stockist so if you visit our gallery,Gallery Hakusen, feel free to have a look at the type of comics Retrofit prints.
Better yet you should hop over to their Kickstarter page and support them in the production of their next 12 comics by taking up one of their funding options and in return you’ll receive great comics from some of the most interesting comic creators making comics.
If you are not familiar with Retrofit then you must check out the video on Kickstarter with Box Brown and Jared Smith (and some of the artists) talking about the comics they will publish with this kickstarter.
Here’s the list the kickstarter is going towards printing (Taken from the kickstarter site).
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(Images below taken from the kickstarter campaign website).
Nakamura-san began his interest in Keith Haring’s artwork in 1987.He was on a business trip from Japan and checking out the smaller galleries of New York when he came across an early exhibition of Haring’s work. He was immediately interested in Haring’s work but was shocked at the price.The gallery owner offered Nakamura-san layaway terms so he could pay in instalments, and so began Nakamura’s interest and collection of Haring pieces.
The purpose built gallery building was designed by Atsushi Kitagawara and it is a wonderful building, bright and airy,it refreshingly pulls the beauty of the location and the collection together.The surrounding area was a Jomon settlement and artifacts from that period are included within the exhibition space bringing the historical context of the surroundings and Haring’s works together in a meaningful way but not an overpowering way.It works really well.
The collection is well spaced and descriptions are plentiful, any fan of Haring’s will enjoy delving a bit further into Haring’s timeline of creation,his methods, and his thoughts and opinions but there really is nothing better than to read than The Keith Haring Journals which are fantastic personal artifacts of Haring.
Personal favourites at the museum were <Sweet Saturday Night> 1985, an Acrylic on heavy woven fabric that was the backdrop of a stage set for a dance performance The Brooklyn Academy of Music during Black History month (Feb 5-10th, 1985) and <untitled> 1984 a Yamaha 250 motorbike with marker pen drawings.
The museum is about 2-3 hours by train or bus from Shinjuku Station, Tokyo. We stayed at Tomo’s Air BnB which is about 25 minutes walk from the museum.
The museum has a no photography policy, and also, unfortunately, a no drawing policy (it would be great to see this removed for special artist days).