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Posts Tagged ‘Takashi Murakami’

Only 4 more days for Murakami in New York!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

I had a chance to visit the Takashi Murakami exhibition at Gagosian Gallery again yesterday for the 2nd time in a month. It’s very rare that I bother to see the same gallery show twice, but this one is definitely worth it. If you’re in the New York area and have a chance to see it, you’ve only got 4 more days (including today), as the show closes on Saturday, January 17th. Just don’t get too close to the art – there’s an army of security guards to watch you every step through the show.

Takashi Murakami exhibition at Gagosian Gallery

Takashi Murakami puddles?

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

At first when I walked by, it appeared to be an innocent little puddle on a slate sidewalk in Glen Ridge, NJ … but as I doubled back for a second look, it started to take on the appearance of a Takashi Murakami character … don’t you think?

finding a puddle that looks like a Takashi Murakami creation

Larry Gagosian has been bubble-wrapped

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The last time I was in NYC going to art galleries in Chelsea, I walked past a gallery that was closed due to being in the process of installing their next show. I saw a bubble-wrapped figure, below left, and while I couldn’t see much of what was underneath the bubble wrap, I saw enough to know it was a sculpture by Eugenio Merino, titled “Master of Puppets.” I saw this sculpture at the Scope Art Fair this past spring, and you can see the unwrapped version below right. The sculpture depicts art dealer Larry Gagosian, holding up his right hand with 3 finger puppets, representing, from left: Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons.

The Artsology blog previously featured another Merino sculpture from the Scope Art Fair, which depicted Chairman Mao in a Coca-Cola refrigerator. I wish I had noted which gallery I saw the bubble-wrapped Gagosian in, because I would have gone back to see the show …

Larry Gagosian wearing finger puppets depicting Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons

Don’t eat that sushi … it’s art!

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Here’s something unexpected that I saw at the Armory Show last month: sushi with Japanese manga images on it, by artist Mahomi Kunikata. When I went on to do a little research on this artist, I learned that she is affiliated with ‘Kaikai Kiki LLC,” which is an artist-led art enterprise founded by Takashi Murakami. So what exactly is this art enterprise? Kaikai Kiki LLC originated in 2001, and its goals as an enterprise include the production and promotion of artwork, the management and support of select young artists, general management of events and projects, and the production and promotion of merchandise. Kaikai Kiki employs roughly 50 people in its Tokyo headquarters and 20 people in its New York office and studio.

It sounds kind of like a contemporary (and Japanese) take on Andy Warhol’s Studio … I’m curious as to what types of “merchandise” they create … more later as I learn more about it.

manga art on sushi by Mahomi Kunikata of Kaikai Kiki LLC, led by Takashi Murakami

More survivalist ideas

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

I guess survivalist thinking extends beyond just some unexpected books at Costco; today’s New York Times also has a story on a Japanese company creating survival pods which they call “Noah,” after the story of Noah and the Ark, for use in the event of future tsunamis. The Noah is available for purchase with a price tag of $3,800, and measures 4 feet in diameter, can house up to four adults and is designed with a watertight door, air vents, and integrated water ballast to keep it floating upright.

The bright yellow color makes practical sense in that during a recovery process, they would be easy to spot. But wouldn’t it be fun if the Noah’s inventor, Shoji Tanaka (seen inside the Noah at top right), were to collaborate with artist Takashi Murakami, whose sculpture can be seen at the bottom right, for something more fun and lively? This could spawn a whole line of artist-designer escape pods!

Takashi Murakami and Noah tsunami escape pods

Google highlights Takashi Murakami

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

It was a pleasant surprise to see the playful art of Takashi Murakami gracing Google’s home page today. If you’re not familiar with his work, we’ve chosen a few other examples of his work below to show you some of what he does.

Takashi Murakami on Google's home page today

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