In his New York City studio, Takashi Murakami discusses his three-decades-long practice in which he blends traditional and modern art techniques to create enormous paintings with a visual power unmatched in contemporary art.
Murakami talks about his position as an outsider in the Western contemporary art world and his interest in breaking down the boundaries between art and popular culture through collaborations with Kanye West, Louis Vuitton, and Complex. Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, is also featured in the video and discusses Murakami’s history and accomplishments. They each delve into the origins of Murakami’s iconic Mr. DOB, as well as his influences, including Star Wars, natural disasters, and fashion branding.
Visit in person:
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
Jun 6–Sep 24, 2017
Vancouver Art Gallery
Jan 27–Apr 29, 2018
Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth
Jun 17–Sep 2, 2018
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Also on display, Eternal Youth, a group exhibition that explores the concept of coming-of-age as a crossroads in art history. Now through Jul 23, 2017, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
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Produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2017