Goodbye Kitty, Hello Harakiri Schoolgirls!!!

02.16.11 Marina Galperina

Beyond kawaii and otaku, here’s some “grown up” Japanese art show featuring pop artist Yoshitomo Nara’s memorial sculpture to dead Hello Kitties and Makoto Aida’s hordes of whorey gorey schoolgirls.

Sixteen, mostly mid-career artists will present Japan’s “troubled present and uncertain future.” Kohei Nawa is currently covering a taxidermized deer with a globular skin of plastic beads “that confounds expectations of sight and touch” for the occasion. Oh boy! “Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art,” Group Show, Mar 18 – Jun 12, Japan Society, NYC