Gallery: Art Inspired by Famous Authors, Murakami to Poe

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Few headlines will draw our attention faster than “Pin-ups based on Haruki Murakami books.” Little did we know that Super Punch’s post would lead us to something even more wonderful — Portland, OR gallery Benjamin Benjamin’s Adaptation: A Show of Authors. The exhibition pairs artists with writers to create work inspired by everyone from Edgar Allen Poe and Willa Cather to Kurt Vonnegut and Roald Dahl. Click through for a glimpse at several pieces from the show, including three Murakami pin-ups by Johnny Acurso, and if you’re in the Portland area, you can find details about seeing the art in person here.

Johnny Acurso, Tuesdays Girl, inspired by Haruki Murakami’s “The Wind Up Bird and Tuesdays Women”

Adam Hanson, Poe

Tim Doyle, Got to Be Kind (Kurt Vonnegut)

Bennett Slater (inspired by Roald Dahl)

Casey Burns, Philip Marlowe’s Telephone (inspired by Raymond Chandler)

Johnny Acurso, Granddaughter (inspired by Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World)

Tim Doyle, Become Unstuck (inspired by Kurt Vonnegut)

Johnny Acurso, Sumire (inspired by Haruki Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart)