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Hello Kitty, Hello Art! Hardcover – October 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704536
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sanrio®, best known for global icon Hello Kitty® and home to many endearing characters including Chococat®, My Melody®, and Keroppi®, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. The worldwide lifestyle brand was founded on the “small gift, big smile®” philosophy—that a small gift can bring a big smile to people of all ages. Today, over 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are sold in over 70 countries around the world. In the Western Hemisphere, Sanrio character-branded products are sold in upwards of 12,000 locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 100 Sanrio boutiques.

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This book is filled with amazing artists and art and how they perceive hello kitty.
Garydrawsfish
It's a nice coffee table book and I am sure any avid Hello Kitty fan will not regret getting this!
Mei
This book will just confirm your admiration for HK and makes you love HK all over again.
J. Tsui

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frederic on November 3, 2012
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This book collects selected works from three exhibits organized in 2009 and 2010, commemorating the 35th birthday of Hello Kitty and the 50th anniversary of Sanrio (Sanrio was involved in planning these events). Most of the works include Kitty herself, but other Sanrio characters are also featured. Artists include some relatively well known (e.g., Gary Baseman, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai) as well as many I was not familiar with. There are several nice short essays, on the history of Sanrio and Hello Kitty and on individual artists' relationships with the brand. The book concludes with several pages of photographs of tattoos created at the 2010 "Small Gift Miami" show, using custom flash created for the event based on Sanrio designs and American tattooing traditions. A page of temporary tattoos using some of this flash is included at the rear.

The texts include some very nice, thoughtful considerations of "kawaii" (generally translated as "cuteness") in Japanese and international contexts - not extended or developed pieces, but nice short thoughts from some of the authors. Personally I find these more interesting and meaningful than most of the scholarly writings I've seen. I particularly liked AIKO's reflections on how Kitty serves as an anchor to home when she's abroad.

Inevitably, given the number of artists involved, each reader will find some works more appealing and others less so. But I was struck by how few didn't do something for me, and there were a good dozen or more that I wish I could hang in my home. The book would be great for the coffee-table, but it's also worth giving some attention. I expect to return to it, again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah C. Beno on January 24, 2013
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This book was a hit with my adult daughter who is a huge HK enthusiast! The photos are very high quality and it makes a nice cocktail table book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mei on June 18, 2013
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The book is pretty huge and rather heavy, much to my surprise! It came nicely packed in a box. This is a real treat for all Hello Kitty fans, and is a good addition to my collection of Hello Kitty merchandise. There is a temporary tattoo included in the book (expires in 2014) but I can't bear to use it. It's a nice coffee table book and I am sure any avid Hello Kitty fan will not regret getting this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Tsui on May 15, 2013
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HK has been a part of my life since I was an itty bitty kid and I continue to love love love HK's big head and tiny body to his day. This book will just confirm your admiration for HK and makes you love HK all over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By franklin munoz on January 10, 2013
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Was bigger than expected. A lot of great art pieces show in the book. Very enjoyable . . . .
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My daughter collects Hello Kitty everything. She loves this book. Has great art and all is Hello Kitty...brite colors and very up lifting. And it priced great much lower then anyone else. If you love Hello Kitty this book is a must.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MiaR on February 25, 2013
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My boyfriend is an art lover. I bought this as a Christmas gift for his book collection of art books. Bonus, He likes Hello Kitty too!
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