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Anime Planet

Cartoony imagery gets at serious themes in these shows by Japanese artists—one a contemporary star, the other relatively new to the New York scene.

  1. 1. MR.

    At Lehmann Maupin through June 23

    Paintings and sculptures of wide-eyed teens are critical of anime and its fascination with young, scantily clad protagonists.

  2. 2. Takashi Murakami

    At Gagosian Gallery through June 9

    Murakami largely sets aside his usual candy-colored characters and compositions in favor of a more traditional subject: Daruma, the patriarch of Zen Buddhism who is said to have endured nine years of sleepless meditation.


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