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The iconic Hello Kitty turned forty in 2014. Sanrio and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) celebrated Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary by exploring her colorful history and influence on art and culture. Images courtesy: Japanese American National Museum.
Hello Kitty aesthetics and cute humour inspired artists such as Gary Baseman. Play Date, 2014, Acrylic on Wood.
Hello Kitty Vintage Phone 1976. Photo Credit: Japanese American National Museum
Hello Kitty Vintage Plush 1976. Photo Credit: Japanese American National Museum
Hello Kitty x Lady Gaga Plush Dress, 2009. Photo Credit: Markus + Indrani, styled by GK Reid
Mark Nixon, Much Loved Kitty, 2014. Photograph.
Many Japanese artists and designers work in the the Japanese art of comic strips and cuteness aesthetics. Audrey Kawasaki, Hi Kitty, 2014, Oil and Graphite on Wood.
Simone Legno for tokidoki, Kittypatra, 2014, Sculpture.
Brandi Milne, Eat Cakes, You Kitty, 2014, Acrylic on Wood.
Osamu Watanabe, Sweet Kitty, 2014. Decorations on Fibre-Reinforced Plastic.
Hello Kitty Robot 2004. Photo Credit: Japanese American National Museum
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