GR50: Contemporary Asian-American Art

ONE OF THE FOREMOST publications on Asian and Asian-American pop culture, Giant Robot, is rapping up its 50 issues art exhibition this weekend at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. As a long time reader of GR, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the artists represented in this exhibit nor their caliber of talent.

Among the ten GR50 artists is Seonna Hong, who is perhaps most famous for her delicate paintings on wood canvases of cartoonish characters who evoke empathy, nostalgia and a subtle sadness . Also in the exhibit is work from Adrian Tomine, who most recently released illustrated and authored Shortcomings. Tomine achieved recognition through his Optic Nerve comics (which first appeared in 1995) and his cover illustrations for The New Yorker; Tomine’s comics deftly and poignantly examine everyday life.

If you’re in the LA area, don’t miss this show – it ends on the 13th.

Graphic nabbed from the official GR50 Web site.

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