Couldn't let the year go by without mentioning the great exhibition Ever and Never: The Art of Peanuts at the Mori Arts Center Gallery organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum. If you're going to be in Tokyo anytime soon, hurry up and see it before January 5th.
Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts was always my first inspiration to draw. I'll never forget seeing a documentary where "Sparky" drew Charlie Brown right on camera. For a six year old it was nothing less than magic.
On exhibition are over a hundred drawings displayed. Unlike many exhibitions in Tokyo, you can examine the detail of as close as you like...without touching. Also in the exhibition is Charles Schulz's studio and drawing table....as well as some of his drawing that were "rescued" from the trash bin. Interesting as it was, for anyone who can relate, knows someone looking at your balled up, trashed drawings is potentially as embarrassing as someone putting your dirty underwear on display in a gallery.
Plenty of other artifacts there: animation cells from Bill Melendez' Peanuts Animated specials, merchandizing going back generations. Schulz's bittersweet melancholic touch can be felt throughout the entire exhibition from beginning to end, but there is plenty there to smile about. A big and rare treat.