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04.21.15 Prachi Gupta

Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda, who helped bring “kawaii culture” mainstream, wants to create a giant, cute time capsule in the shape of a Japanese bear in New York City. In this interactive art project, called Time After Time people are encouraged to fill a semi-transparent bear-like character with keepsakes and other personal items, creating a […]

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11.02.10 Marina Galperina

Sanrio’s Hello Kitty has had her likeness on everything from wine to vibrators to assualt riffles. (Guess which are authorized.) And now, in celebration of Sanrio’s half-a-century-long reign, Hello Kitty is fine art. Check out the pop pussy tended by Eric Joyner’s robots, slathered in pink goo by Buff Monster, dissolved into sea life by […]

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08.25.10 Marina Galperina

Since the de-throwned pop star Britney Spears hasn’t been a pimped out Mouseketeen for over a decade, Takashi Murakami gave the 28-year-old mother of two a hazy Kawaii fantasy make-over for POP Magazine and viola! She’s a pervy manga’s pretty princess with a wedding veil on top. Fetish nostalgia galore. […]

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06.23.10 Marina Galperina

Classically trained realist painter Natalia Fabia has a new obsession: Japan. The colloquial reformist (let “hooker” be the new “dude,” she says) sends her punk-and-pin-up femmes East for her upcoming solo show at the Corey Helford Gallery. […]

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