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Philippe Labaune Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition, Good for Health - Bad for Education: A Tribute to Otomo. The exhibition showcases illustrations by 29 international artists in homage to Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal 1982 manga series: “Akira.” Featuring a selection of new work, the exhibition builds upon the 2016 tribute curated by Julien Brugeas at the Angoulême Festival hosted by France’s Ministry of Culture and Galerie Glénat, which honored Otomo’s distinct aesthetic contribution to the genre. 

Set during the third world war in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, Otomo’s lauded cyper-punk series “Akira” follows a biker gang and its leader, Kaneda, as they try to prevent the antagonist Tetsuo, a powerful yet troubled former gang member, from awakening the mysterious Akira, who was responsible for Tokyo’s destruction.

The austere narrative rendered in Otomo’s groundbreaking, hyper-detailed style garnered “Akira” immediate success. The manga series won several awards including the Kondusha Manga and Harvey Awards; It is regarded by many as the finest work of graphic fiction ever created. Translated into over a dozen languages, “Akira” has sold over seven million copies, making it a critical contributor to the acceptance of manga worldwide. In 1988 Otomo supervised the creation of a film under the same name, further expanding the series' cult following. As one of the first manga series to be widely published, “Akira” opened the door for many artists working within the style.

The works in the exhibition reflect and build upon the singular style and iconographic symbolism found in the famed dystopian series. In addition to a selection of artworks from the 2016 exhibition, Philippe Labaune Gallery offers an expansion and celebration of Otomo’s legacy by including work from top emerging artists such as Mathieu Bablet, who was nominated twice for the Grand Prix at Angoulême before reaching the age of 32, preeminent science fiction artist Ian Bertram, as well as established artists including Paul Pope, whose graphic novel Battling Boy debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. An original Otomo illustration will accompany the exhibition.

Featured artists include Dominique Bertail, Mathieu Bablet, Ian Bertram, Matthieu Bonhomme, François Boucq, Boulet, Francesco Cattani, Simone D'Armini, Adrien Demont, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, Benoit Féroumont, Manuele Fior, Joel Jurion, Kalonji, Viktor Kalvachev, Nicolas Keramidas, Li-An, LRNZ, Dilraj Mann, Laureline Mattiussi, Hugues Micol, Giannis Milonogiannis, Marion Mousse, Katsuhiro Otomo, Paul Pope, Vincent Perriot, Sara Pichelli, Victor Santos, and Olivier Vatine.

 

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Simone D'Armini
Tribute to Otomo from Simone D'Armini, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Adrien Demont
Tribute to Otomo from Adrien Demont, 2015
Mixed media on paper
15.75 x 11.8 inches

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Boulet
Tribute to Otomo from Boulet, 2015
Mixed media on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Li-An
Tribute to Otomo from Li-An, 2015
Watercolor on paper
22.83 x 16.53 inches

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Joel Jurion
Tribute to Otomo from Joel Jurion, 2015
China ink and watercolor on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Giannis Milonogiannis
Tribute to Otomo from Giannis Milonogiannis, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Sara Pichelli
Tribute to Otomo from Sara Pichelli, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Nicolas Keramidas
Tribute to Otomo from Nicolas Keramidas, 2015
Felt pen on paper
16.5 x 11.8. inches

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Victor Santos
Tribute to Otomo from Victor Santos, 2015
China ink on paper
16.53 x 11.8 inches

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 Marion Mousse
Tribute to Otomo from Marion Mousse, 2015
Acrylic on canvas board
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Olivier Vatine
Tribute to Otomo from Olivier Vatine, 2021
China ink and acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.7 inches

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Francesco ​Cattani
Tribute to Otomo from Francesco ​Cattani, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Benoit Féroumont
Tribute to Otomo from Benoit Féroumont, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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François Boucq
Tribute to Otomo from François Boucq, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Laureline Mattiussi
Tribute to Otomo from Laureline Mattiussi, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Hugues Micol
Tribute to Otomo from Hugues Micol, 2015
Watercolor and gouache on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Vincent Perriot
Tribute to Otomo from Vincent Perriot, 2015
China ink on paper
16.53 x 11.8 inches

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LRNZ
Tribute to Otomo from LRNZ, 2015
Mixed media on Rhodoid
16.5 x 11.8 inches

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Dilraj Mann
Tribute to Otomo from Dilraj Mann, 2015
China ink on paper
25.98 x 17.32 inches
 

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Simone D'Armini
Tribute to Otomo from Simone D'Armini, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Adrien Demont
Tribute to Otomo from Adrien Demont, 2015
Mixed media on paper
15.75 x 11.8 inches

Boulet
Tribute to Otomo from Boulet, 2015
Mixed media on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Li-An
Tribute to Otomo from Li-An, 2015
Watercolor on paper
22.83 x 16.53 inches

Joel Jurion
Tribute to Otomo from Joel Jurion, 2015
China ink and watercolor on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Giannis Milonogiannis
Tribute to Otomo from Giannis Milonogiannis, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Sara Pichelli
Tribute to Otomo from Sara Pichelli, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Nicolas Keramidas
Tribute to Otomo from Nicolas Keramidas, 2015
Felt pen on paper
16.5 x 11.8. inches

Victor Santos
Tribute to Otomo from Victor Santos, 2015
China ink on paper
16.53 x 11.8 inches

 Marion Mousse
Tribute to Otomo from Marion Mousse, 2015
Acrylic on canvas board
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Olivier Vatine
Tribute to Otomo from Olivier Vatine, 2021
China ink and acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.7 inches

Francesco ​Cattani
Tribute to Otomo from Francesco ​Cattani, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Benoit Féroumont
Tribute to Otomo from Benoit Féroumont, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

François Boucq
Tribute to Otomo from François Boucq, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Laureline Mattiussi
Tribute to Otomo from Laureline Mattiussi, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Hugues Micol
Tribute to Otomo from Hugues Micol, 2015
Watercolor and gouache on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Vincent Perriot
Tribute to Otomo from Vincent Perriot, 2015
China ink on paper
16.53 x 11.8 inches

LRNZ
Tribute to Otomo from LRNZ, 2015
Mixed media on Rhodoid
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Dilraj Mann
Tribute to Otomo from Dilraj Mann, 2015
China ink on paper
25.98 x 17.32 inches