¬©MURAKAMI: The Next Warhol?

March 16, 2008

Takashi Murakami aggressively remixes high and low culture to produce extraordinary objects that blur the illusory line in the sand between art and commodity, authorship and reproduction. Perhaps best known for his collaboration with Marc Jacobs to produce the “superflat” monogram pattern for Louis Vuitton, Murakami creates fantasy characters (smiling daisies, magic mushrooms, anime and otaku-inspired figures) that take the form of paintings, sculptures, public installations, toys, books, animated films, and recently a music video for Kanye West. These critique postwar consumerism, while at the same relying on the very same consumerist culture for their legibility and production. In his first retrospective at MOCA in Los Angeles (Oct 2007 – Feb 2008), Murakami makes this spectacularly explicit by siting a fully-operational Louis Vuitton store among his works and titling the show “¬©Murakami”. The retrospective travels onto the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (April 4 – July 13, 2008).

The art world speaketh, citing the tension between art and fashion (and the unspoken word, commerce). Artnet TV’s version of the MOCA LA opening:

While the fashion world rocketh! Fashion TV’s take on the same MOCA LA opening: