In an effort to expand upon the populist methods of reigning king of Tokyo Pop, TAKASHI MURAKAMI’s psychedelic oeuvre, underground art stars TIM BISKUP, GARY BASEMAN, and SIMONE LEGNO (of Tokidoki) convened at Murakami’s “© Murakami” exhibition at LA’s MoCA on Saturday nite to extrapolate on the master’s influence on their own careers. With the help of moderator and Giant Robot editor ERIC NAKAMURA the boys droned on to a capacity crowd of over 500 diehard fans who packed the conference room to get a closer listen to their art heroes. Afterwards, nearly all took part in a massive painting “jam session” on the institution’s walls while being serenaded by the sounds of DJ Tim Biskup (aka: Alphabeast) and the sights of his traditional Japanese Bhuto dancers.
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A very select group of VIPs got the first look at TAKASHI MURAKAMI’s groundbreaking retrospective, “© Murakami,” at MoCA’s GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY today where the artist’s greatest visual hits from the past ten years are just days away from going on display to the good people of Los Angeles. Featuring over 100 of the artist’s most important works to date, including massive sculptures (including one dipped in platinum) and multi-panel paintings alongside original drawings and vinyl toys & accessories, the show is the ultimate must-see affair for the faithful. The much-talked about on-site Louis Vuitton store (which shares no revenue with MoCA, only Murakami and the brand profit from sales) is very much alive and well in the center of the museum’s cavernous halls where brand new collaborative Murakami handbags are waiting to be snatched up by otaku housewives (a more low-rent gift shop features less pricey-but not cheap-wares for the masses is also open for business). As pretty as the show may look, Murakami’s fascination with commercialism and especially his personal LV store has drawn the ire of many of the city’s art cognoscenti who believe the hallowed institution might be sullying its name by showing the work of someone who, in many critical circles, is still regarded as a “commercial artist”. As always, art is in the eye of the beholder, and the sheer drawing power of this monumental show will surely put to rest such highbrow concerns. It’s also the most youth-friendly exhibit to hit LA in years.
This one is a must see if you are in LA!.
Takashi Murakami is well-known in the worldwide art scene for making thought-provoking paintings and sculptures, running the influential artist-led art enterprise Kaikai Kiki artist management group, curating the visionary Superflat show, and collaborating on high-end, high-profile projects with Louis Vuitton. He also coordinates the GEISAI art shows, which serve as an entry point for aspiring artists in Japan. The artists in this group show have won awards at GEISAI shows, and were hand picked to have their work presented in Los Angeles by Murakami and Eric Nakamura, publisher of Giant Robot magazine and owner of the Giant Robot stores and galleries. The show opened 15th September but runs through to the 10th of October in LA.. The Details of which are below. Supertouch has coverage of the launch, check it out here if your not in LA and cant make it to the show yourself.
Elite skate brand SUPREME has announced that their collaborative skate decks with Japanese Pop Art icon TAKASHI MURAKAMI and his protégé and fellow KaiKai Kiki collective member, the iconically-named MR., will go on sale in their new online shop on September and will be available in the US only. (Sorry, but all sold out).