It’s the kind of art exhibit your average teenage boy will want to be dragged to.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is bringing the worlds of anime, comics, cartoons, video games, manga, graphic novels and contemporary art together in one of the biggest exhibits ever organized by the gallery.
Kathleen Bartels, VAG director, said it’s a “tremendous opportunity to forward the study of some of the world’s fastest growing art forms.”
Divided into seven sections defined by medium, the exhibition takes viewers through changing gallery environments that display more than 600 artworks, including sketches, storyboards, video games, animation cels and manga.
Art Spiegelman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist and co-curator of the exhibit, said it’s the first of its kind to explore the pervasive visual culture and how its different mediums connect.
“As soon as we make categories for what we’re living through, which is a world on screens, we’re easily lost. They ooze into other categories.”
He said the divides between something like comics and magma, and anime and video games, are blurry.”