Corey Helford Gallery, Sanrio, and More Than 100 Artists Team Up on a Group Art Show to Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 45th Anniversary – Saturday, June 29

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Artwork by Olivia De Berardinis for the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Art Show
Artwork by Olivia De Berardinis

As the team at Corey Helford Gallery was booking their summer 2019 programming, they heard through the grapevine that Sanrio was planning some fun events around Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, so they reached out to the company about doing an art show together. “They were really excited about the idea, so it was meant to be,” says Caro Buermann, curator of the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Show, which opens Saturday, June 29, in Corey Helford’s Main Gallery.

Hello Kitty was created in 1974 to inspire happiness, and the upcoming gallery show examines the icon’s impact on pop culture around the world. “We’re very fortunate to work with so many talented artists that we love, so of course we wanted to bring them on, and then Sanrio had artists that they’d worked with at previous exhibitions that we wanted to bring back. It’s a really great mix. We’ve got over a hundred artists participating in the show,” says Buermann, “It’s been so fascinating for me, both as a fan and a curator, to see all of the artwork coming in.”

Artwork by Kazuki Takamatsu for the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Art Show
Artwork by Kazuki Takamatsu

Artists featured in the show include Aica, Albert Reyes, Alex Yanes, Allison Bamcat, Amy Sol, Andrew Brandou, Anthony Ausgang, APAK, Bao Pham, Bei Badgirl, Ben Frost, Bennett Slater, Brandi Milne, Bruce Parker, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Casey Weldon, Chishi Morimura, Chris Berens, Christybomb, Ciou, Dan Litzinger, Danni Shinya Luo, Darcy Yates, David Connelly of DOSSHAUS, Dena Seiferling, D*Face, Dilka Bear, Ewa Pro?czuk-Kuziak, Eric Joyner, Fafi, Hanna Jaeun, Helice Wen, HERAKUT, Hikari Shimoda, Jackie Dunn Smith, Jang Koal, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Jessica Louise, Jesús Aguado, Jillian Evelyn, Jon Ching, Jonathan Viner, Junko Mizuno, Kazuki Takamatsu, Kellesimone Waits, kelogsloops, kozyndan, Kristen Liu-Wong, Kukula, La Belle Epoque, Lauren YS, Lori Nelson, Luke Chueh, Marc Scheff, Marie Larkin, Mark Mothersbaugh, Martin Hsu, Mayuka Yamamoto, Messy Desk, Miho Hirano, Mike Stilkey, Miss Kika, Mizna Wada, Naoshi, Nate Frizzell, Nicole Gordon, Nouar, Nozomi Tojinbara, Okuda San Miguel, Oliver Hibert, Olivia De Berardinis, ONCH, Paul Frank, Persue, Pip & Pop, Pogo, Relm, Renée French, RISK, Sarah Folkman, seenaeme, Shelby & Sandy, Simone Legno of Tokidoki, Stan Manoukian, Sylvia Ji, TADO, Tara McPherson, Tarntara Sudadung, Tina Yu, Victor Castillo, Yang Cao, Yis “Nosego” Goodwin, Yoko d’Holbachie, Yosuke Ueno, Yu Maeda, Yuka Sakuma, Yumiko Kayukawa, and Zoé Byland.

'Hello Kitty Skull' by Okuda San Miguel for the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Art Show
“Hello Kitty Skull” by Okuda San Miguel

During the run of the Hello Kitty 45th anniversary show, the Corey Helford Gallery will also host two thematically-linked shows. Buermann explains, “We’ve got the main gallery space, which is where Hello Kitty is going to be featured, and we have two separate galleries of a smaller size. They’re going to be featuring The London Police, which share Hello Kitty’s hometown of London, and then we’ve got a show inspired by the art of character with artists who are expressing themselves through their own unique characters.” Art of Character is a four-artist show with work from Andrew Brandou, Bennett Slater, Jim McKenzie, and Ramiro Davaro-Comas.) “Collectively, they work in illustration, animation, and street art, so it’ll be fun to see the different interpretations of their characters and how they use character in their work,” says Buermann.

Opening Reception:
June 29, 2019 (7 – 11 pm)

June 29 – August 3, 2019
Tuesday – Saturday (12 pm – 6 pm)

Corey Helford Gallery
571 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

"Kitty Boy" by Mayuka Yamamoto for the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Art Show
“Kitty Boy” by Mayuka Yamamoto
'Rocokitty' by Kukula for the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Art Show
“Rocokitty” by Kukula
'767778' by Andrew Brandou for the Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Group Art Show
“767778” by Andrew Brandou

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