A new art gallery is opening in New York City, dedicated exclusively to comic book art.(opens in new tab)
The Philippe Labaune Gallery is located at 534 W 24th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood, and its first exhibit will be 'Good for Health - Bad for Education: A Tribute to Otomo.' Scheduled to run from April 8 to May 8, this exhibit will showcase 30 original illustrations by international artists in tribute to Katsuhiro Otomo's 1982 manga Akira (opens in new tab).
The artists are Sara Pichelli, Paul Pope, Mathieu Bablet, Ian Bertram, François Boucq, Boulet, LRNZ, Dominique Bertail, Matthieu Bonhomme, Francesco Cattani, Simone D'Armini, Adrien Demont, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, Benoit Féroumont, Manuele Fior, Joel Jurion, Kalonji, Viktor Kalvachev, Nicolas Keramidas, Li-An, Dilraj Mann, Laureline Mattiussi, Hugues Micol, Giannis Milonogiannis, Marion Mousse, Vincent Perriot, Victor Santos, Olivier Vatine, and Vince.
The gallery will also have an original by Otomo on display.
Gallery founder Philippe Labaune is a long-time comic art collector, and follows the exhibit he organized last year in France called 'Line and Frame: A Survey of European Comic Art.' With the Philippe Labaune Gallery, he plans to celebrate 20th and 21st century original comic book art to include exhibitions by Paul Pope, Miles Hyman, and Nicolas de Crécy.
The opening of 'Good for Health - Bad for Education: A Tribute to Otomo' is scheduled for April 8 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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