Sanrio 50th Anniversary – Art Basel 2010

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As most of you know, Art Basel Miami takes place the first week of December every year and it could easily be considered one of the most, if not the most, important art show in the US. And what better way to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 50th birthday than a colorful and fun exhibition in the heart of Miami’s Design District during Art Basel. The exhibition, curated by Roger Gastman and Zio Fulcher, included a mini-store, free tattoo parlor and art by POSE, Anthony Lister, Shepard Fairey and David McDowell. Now, I know you might be thinking, Hello Kitty…? but hey! Check out the photos I took this weekend and you might understand why Sanrio’s was one of the most talked about exhibitions during Art Basel this year.

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Art Exhibition – curated by Roger Gastman and Zio Fulcher of R. Rock Enterprises, this group exhibition is the cornerstone of Small Gift Miami. Fifty internationally-recognized artists were selected to create original works of art in their signature medium, showcasing their favorite Sanrio characters. Shepard Fairey, Niagara, Jason Alper, Adam Wallacavage, Mark Mothersbaugh, Richard Colman, Mike Shinoda and Seonna Hong are just a few of the artists whose work will be on display, in addition to a selection of limited-edition prints. All artwork will be for sale; with a portion of the proceeds going to Hands On Miami. Hands On Miami is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that brings hands-on community support to individuals & families throughout Miami-Dade County.

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Wall Murals – Small Gift Miami will showcase three stunning 35-foot wall installations created by artists CRASH, POSE and Anthony Lister. Also on view will be a 35-foot visual timeline of the history of Sanrio.

Live Tattoos – a tattoo shop will be set up at the event featuring artists Charlie Roberts and Grant Cobb from iconic L.A. tattoo studio, Spotlight Tattoos. Charlie and Grant have developed over 50 custom tattoos featuring Sanrio icons Hello Kitty®, Badtz- Maru®, My Melody®, Kuromi®, Tuxedo Sam™ and many others. Guests can select their art & receive a FREE sitting with these artists!

Inspired by many of the elements that have made Small Gift Los Angeles a breakout success, Small Gift Miami will dazzle fans with an assortment of new features such as the Sanrio Sweet Counter, selling Hello Kitty/Sanrio candy, custom neon installations of favorite Sanrio characters, framed vintage Sanrio ephemera, live magic tricks by the house magician, beats by DJ Elle, and photo set ups, featuring character mascots Hello Kitty, Chococat®, Keroppi, My Melody and Badtz-Maru. -courtesy of knowngallery.com

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5 comments
  1. Can’t believe I missed this. I was planning on going to Miami for Basel =(

    Thanks for posting photos!

  2. awesome! dig the OBEY piece.

  3. does anyone know of a book that combines all of the hello kitty artwork at basel in miami this past year?

  4. I know there was a mini-store set up but didn’t see any books there. I’ll look around but if you find it, please share!

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