takashi murakami at gagosian london   preview
jun 23, 2011
takashi murakami at gagosian london preview


3-meter girl, 2011 (height 300 cm)
© takashi murakami/kaikai kiki co., ltd. all rights reserved


takashi murakami
gagosian gallery, london
june 28 – august 5, 2011

next week the gagosian gallery in london will open a new exhibit
of recent paintings and sculptures by takashi murakami.

‘I think the japanese male sexual complex originated in the two-dimensional world
– animation, games and so on – which then transferred to small three-dimensional sculptures.
but before my sculptures miss ko (1997) and my lonesome cowboy (1998),
it had never been represented life-size.’
- takashi murakami


big box pko2, 2011 (height 250 cm)
© takashi murakami/kaikai kiki co., ltd. all rights reserved

‘in his distinctive ‘superflat’ style, which employs highly refined, traditional japanese painting
techniques and formats to depict a charged mix of historical subject matter, pop, animé and
otaku content within a flattened representational picture-plane, murakami moves freely
within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic issues and cultural inspirations. parallel to his
distinctive toonish formulations of utopian and dystopian themes, he has recollected and
revitalized religious and secular narratives of transcendence and enlightenment favoured
by non- conformist japanese artists from the early modern era, commonly considered to
be counterpart to the western romantic tradition. by situating himself within their legacy
of bold and lively individualism in a manner that is entirely his own, he revealed himself
to be an artist in dialogue with history and very much of his time.’ more

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