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KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – through September 7, 2008

Roy Lichtenstein - Vicki! I--I Thought I Heard Your Voice!

Roy Lichtenstein, Vicki! I--I Thought I Heard Your Voice! (1964), enamel on steel [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Sep 7] Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles CA. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Described as the first exhibition of its kind, KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery showcases the pop culture world of comics, animated cartoons, anime, manga, graphic novels, video games and related visual art.

The major survey exhibition is divided into seven sections defined by medium. It covers more than a century of animation with 600 artworks, plus original sketches, notes, concept drawings, animation cells and three-dimensional models.

The show was curated by Bruce Grenville and six other curators prominent in their own fields: Tim Johnson, Kiyoshi Kusumi, Art Spiegelman, Seth, Will Wright and Toshiya Ueno. Their critical examination of visual culture unifies the expansive and ambitious show. A 272-page catalogue co-published by Douglas & McIntyre and the University of California Press accompanies the exhibition [see review in the Exhibition Catalogues section of this issue].

KRAZY!TALK
June 4
and June 14, 7pm
Great Northern Way Centre for Digital Media and the Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery presents KRAZY!Talk, discussions with world leaders in the visual arts, comics, animation and computer games.

Visitors will be bewildered, amused and amazed by the complex installation. One of the biggest exhibits ever organized by the gallery, the show was three years in the making. Designed by Tokyo architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, the installation includes a "manga pod" – a reading room commonly found in Japanese bookstores – filled with manga, graphic novels and comics; a "character parade" with life-size versions of Super Mario, Pac-Man and Krazy Kat, among others; an anime room, a video room, and a theatre. On select Sundays, local comic artists provide workshops and discussion from 2-5 pm in the Gallery's rotunda space. Animation demonstrations will be given on July 27 and August 24, 2-5 pm.

See the VAG website for additional lectures and talks open to the public. Advance tickets for this blockbuster are available at http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_krazy.html

www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Raymond Pettibon - No Title [True Crime comics]
Raymond Pettibon - No Title [Not a hippie]

Raymond Pettibon, No Title [True Crime comics] (1982), ink and coloured pencil on paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Sep 7] Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles CA. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Raymond Pettibon, No Title [Not a hippie], (1982) ink and coloured pencil on paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Sep 7] Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles CA. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Winsor McCay - Gertie the Dinosaur [no. 310, production drawing]

Winsor McCay, Gertie the Dinosaur [no. 310, production drawing], (1914) ink on rice paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Sep 7] Woody Gelman Collection, The Ohio State Cartoon Research Library, Photo courtesy of The Ohio State Cartoon Research Library

George Herriman - Krazy Kat [preliminary drawing]

George Herriman, Krazy Kat [preliminary drawing], (1944) ink and pencil on Bristol board [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, through Sep 7] Collection of Tim Samuelson and Chris Ware, Photo courtesy of Chris Ware
© 2008 King Features Syndicate, Inc. ™Hearst

 Sat, Jun 7, 2008