In just 15 years Takashi Murakami has written his own chapter in contemporary art history. ¬†His paintings, sculptures and installations reference Japanese cartoon-like characters, and question the blurred boundaries between East and West, past and present, and ultimately what differentiates high-art and pop culture. Murakami¬†coined the monicker of his own artistic genre – SUPERFLAT – after an exhibition he curated in 2000 of the same name.
As a curator, he strives to introduce Japanese artists, animators, cartoonists and creatives from other discplines to an international audience. Bi-annually hosting GEISAI, an art festival Murakami established in 2001, he actively fosters and exposes emerging creative talent. Murakami also uses his own company Kaikai Kiki, a hugely successful art production and management company, as a platform to develop and promote the work of emerging artists, as well as his own projects.
In 2008 he was the only visual artist in¬†TIME Magazines’s list of 100 Influential People. Collaborations with Marc Jacobs expanded the LV logo into a colourful iconography, and Murakami¬†also worked with¬†Louis Vuitton – creating the first ‘designer’ QR code. Watch the LV campaign below, featuring Murakami’s SUPERFLAT monogram for LV in a anime-esque take on Alice in Wonderland.
With major exhibitions at many prestigious international galleries and museums, next week his show opens at the ¬†Gagosian London – more on that HERE.
Below is a SNAP submitted by an Assembly devotee – a spectacular Takashai Murakami installation at¬†Ch√¢teau de Versailles in 2010.
Takashi Murakami, Ch√¢teau de Versaillest ¬© The SNAP Assembly / AMS pty ltd. all rights reserved
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