“Masters of Japanese Gay Art Make Their European Debut”

JapaneseGayArt.com, the only site bringing the art of gay Japan to the world is pleased to present the first ever exhibition of Japanese gay artists in Europe.
In recent years the gay comic market in Japan alone has grown from an underground subculture to a to an entire industry worth of over 213 billion yen. (US$265 million)
Far from being limited to the gay market, the audience for gay comics has grown to include masses of female readers too, leading those in the know the world over to label gay manga as “THE NEXT BIG THING”.
This new exhibition from JapaneseGayArt.com brings together the crème of the Japanese Gay Art crop. Artworks on show will include numerous pieces from Gengoroh Tagame, the undisputed leader of the gay manga world, published and loved not only in Japan but around the world. Also appearing will be works by Jiraiya, another world famous artist whose hordes of adoring fans lead to the recent publication of his first illustration book in France and original works by the late Sadao Hasegawa and Go Mishima, published in 1971 in Japan’s first ever gay magazine “Barazoku”, among many others.
From the contemporary art world we bring you Hideki Koh, whose works have crossed the line from the gay art scene into the mainstream, along with Kenya Shimizu and Okutsu Naomichi and over 30 other leading Japanese gay artists, making this an extraordinary exhibition.
Ranging from the erotic to the cute, from pop illustration to detailed works harking back to traditional Japanese shunga, we bring together a huge variety of artworks which depict the stimulating, sometimes humorous, but always intriguing, multi-faceted gay Japanese experience.
We have assembled a collection of over 100 artworks including newly completed pieces created especially for this exhibition. This is an exhibition not to be missed by any fans of great gay art.
Exhibition Location:Galerie Brugier-Rigail
48 rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
75004 Paris
www.artpartnergalerie.com
■Opening dates
21 -26 October 2011 (Opening party planned for October 21)
Contact :
Masahiko Takagi
masahiko@mayumiinternational.com
Tel : +61 3 9822 2441
Fax : +61 3 9822 2441
http://www.japanesgayart.com