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February 19 – March 19, 2005

 Elephant Underpants vs. Apple Half, 2004, 	Acrylic on canvas

Elephant Underpants vs. Apple Half, 2004

Acrylic on canvas

76 1/4 x 102 inches  193.7 x 159.1 cm

 The 10:45 PM Creature (It Was Probably a Raccoon!), 2005, 	Acrylic on canvas

The 10:45 PM Creature (It Was Probably a Raccoon!), 2005

Acrylic on canvas

51 1/2 x 76 1/2 inches  130.8 x 194.3

 Telepathic Elephant Underpants, 2003, 	Acrylic on canvas

Telepathic Elephant Underpants, 2003

Acrylic on canvas

51 1/2 x 76 1/2 inches  130.8 x 194.3 cm

 SoftCreamy, 2004, 	Acrylic on canvas

SoftCreamy, 2004

Acrylic on canvas

51 1/2 x 76 1/2 inches  130.8 x 194.3 cm

 AKADAMA, 2005, 	Acrylic on canvas

AKADAMA, 2005

Acrylic on canvas

51 1/2 x 76 1/2 inches  130.8 x 194.3 cm

 The 5 Sisters, 2005, 	Acrylic on canvas

The 5 Sisters, 2005

Acrylic on canvas

28 3/4 x 36 inches  73 x 91.4 cm

 Elephant Underpants (Leopard Print), 2002, 	Washi and acrylic on canvas

Elephant Underpants (Leopard Print), 2002

Washi and acrylic on canvas

21 x 18 inches  53.3 x 45.7 cm

 Banzai, 2003, 	Washi and acrylic on canvas

Banzai, 2003

Washi and acrylic on canvas

16 x 12 1/2 inches  40.6 x 31.8 cm

 Untitled, 2005, 	Colored pencil, graphite and pastel on paper

Untitled, 2005

Colored pencil, graphite and pastel on paper

14 1/2 x 10 inches  36.8 x 25.4 cm

 Untitled, 2005, 	Colored pencil, graphite and pastel on paper

Untitled, 2005

Colored pencil, graphite and pastel on paper

10 x 14 inches  25.4 x 35.6 cm

 Untitled, 2005, 	Colored pencil on paper

Untitled, 2005

Colored pencil on paper

10 1/4 x 14 inches  26 x 35.6 cm

 Untitled, 2005, 	Colored pencil on paper

Untitled, 2005

Colored pencil on paper

10 1/4 x 14 inches  26 x 35.6 cm

 January Snowy, February Flowy, March Blowy, 2005, 	Fiberglass, acrylic paint

January Snowy, February Flowy, March Blowy, 2005

Fiberglass, acrylic paint

Large elephant: 14 3/4 x 23 x 12 1/2 inches   37.5 x 58.4 x 31.8 cm

Small elephant: 4 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches  10.8 x 18.4 x 8.9 cm

Poop: 2 x 2 1/4 inches  5.1 x 5.7 cm

Edition of 10

 July Moppy, August Croppy, September Poppy, 2005, 	Fiberglass, acrylic paint

July Moppy, August Croppy, September Poppy, 2005

Fiberglass, acrylic paint

Large elephant: 14 3/4 x 23 x 12 1/2 inches   37.5 x 58.4 x 31.8 cm

Small elephant: 4 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches  10.8 x 18.4 x 8.9 cm

Poop: 2 x 2 1/4 inches  5.1 x 5.7 cm

Edition of 10

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to announce the next exhibition will be new work by Chinatsu Ban, a young Japanese artist who has debuted under the tutelage of artist Takashi Murakami. The show will include drawing, painting, and sculpture. While working at Murakami's Saitama-based company Kaikai Kiki, Ban has developed a portfolio of her own; featuring acrylic paintings and sketches of elephants and human figures floating against Japanese washi paper backgrounds or in front of candy-colored stripes. Rendered delicately and with a childlike touch, Ban's endearing characters are frequently shown wearing underpants or tights, and sometimes sprouting cactus plants from their heads.
Ban's obsession with cuteness is so pervasive and all-consuming that her work exudes the urgency of religious works focused on salvation. In Japan, "cute" (or kawaii) has gone beyond a simple adjective and become a wide-spread cultural phenomenon, permeating into the work of many Japanese Neo-Pop artists. For Ban, the elephant also represents salvation. She explains: "These things are like talismans. It's scary to imagine that someday I won't exist in this world anymore. I am troubled by the urge to run away from this fear. Elephants make me feel safe. They have saved me many times."
One of the centerpieces of the exhibition will be Ban's maquette for V W X Yellow Elephant Underwear/H I J Kiddy Elephant, a project for the Public Art Fund and the Japan Society that will be presented in April 2005 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in New York City, in conjunction with the exhibition "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture", curated by Takashi Murakami, and organized by the Japan Society in collaboration with Public Art Fund (Japan Society, 4/8 – 7/24/2005).
This is Ban's first solo show outside of Japan.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is located at 535 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, New York.
The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 6. Please call 212-680-6889 for further information.