Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s work is well known by fashion fans from the neon and cartoonish designs that adorned Louis Vuitton bags a few years ago. But that is only a small part of the oeuvre of Murikami, whose nickname is the “Japanese Andy Warhol.”
This spring, the full scope of the prolific artist’s work will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum in “© Murakami,” the most comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work to date. The show, which originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, features 90 originals in a variety of different media such as painting, animation and installation. Highlights include Tongari-kun (2003-2004) (Mr. Pointy), a 23-foot high unicornlike figure made from fiberglass and iron, and Superflat Jellyfish Eyes” (2003) a pair of silk, acrylic and wood prints that showcase the artist’s trademark one-dimensional motif.
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“Murakami’s work has a great allure for the most highly sophisticated adults to children who look at the work and relate it to video games and comic books,” says museum director Arnold Lehman.
After the show’s stint in New York, “© Murakami” will go transatlantic: first, to Museum fur Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, then to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
April 5th-July 13th