Friday, August 6, 2010

0055. Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami is a contemporary Japanese artist, exploring many themes including, but not limited to, marketing, Japanese aesthetics and culture, history, and war.  His projects involve painting, sculpture, printing, installation and animation. He is known for his visual theory "Superflat," an aesthetic perception fostered in Japan and supposedly reflective of it's post-war history.  He often collaborates with designer label Louis Vuitton, creating both designer items and fine art from the collaboration.

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Murakami remains one of my favorite contemporary artists, from the moment I read Little Boy, and unearthed his previous title Superflat.  Being one of those middle schoolers obsessed with anime in the '90's, I'd always wondered what role anime could play in fine art, and how it could do so intelligently.  Murakami addressed not only anime, but Japan's entire visual culture, in a way that made sense to make art about.

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