Takashi Murakami x Vans Vault Launch @ Hotel Du Grand Veneur, Paris

Fashion // Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Paris Fashion Week already has a buzz and turns one of the world's best cities into even more a hotspot. We were excited to be in Paris this past weekend for a special showcase and worldwide launch party for the Takashi Murakami x Vans Vault collection at Galerie Perrotin's Hotel du Grand Veneur space in the Le Marais neighborhood. Showcasing a special talk with Takashi, the entire collection of shoes, clothing, decks and some custom-artwork from the artist, it was a great reason to enjoy Paris for a few days.

Interview: Murakami x Vans Vault

Fashion // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
When you walk into the studio of Takashi Murakami on the outskirts of Tokyo, there is a meticulously arranged lineup of shoes that belong to the staff in the building. As is customary, visitors remove their shoes and wear a pair of sandals provided for them. To the left of the entryway, you are struck by a dozen or so pairs of classic, eggshell white Vans Slip-Ons. The owner of these is obvious: Murakami has a very particular taste.

Beyond the Cover: Takashi Murakami

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 12, 2015
In Japan, there is a right way to do everything. It applies to the way you eat ramen, how you cross the street, do business, and definitely how you bow. I’m told there is even a right way to paint. As my translator is explaining to me about an hour after landing in Tokyo, my initial breakdown of this concept was that there was an “efficient” way to do everything in Japan, but I was missing the point. There is a strict adherence to the right way here, to perfection; the guidelines are so complex that I planned, for the rest of my trip, to ask a thousand questions and presume the answers were going to be a bit confusing. But there is a correct way for everything here, and I’m suddenly self-conscious in front of a bowl of miso ramen.

Vans Announces Limited Edition Vault by Vans Collection with Takashi Murakami

Fashion // Thursday, June 04, 2015
We knew this was coming, seeing it as we have Takashi Murakami on the cover of the July 2015 issue, and we knew that Takashi wore Classic Slip-Ons in egg shell white almost everyday. Vans has just announced that late in June 2015, they will be releasing a special limited-edition Vault by Vans collection with Takashi Murakami, featuring "deluxe, limited edition range of footwear, apparel and skate decks." Stay tuned to Juxtapoz.com for an exclusive interview with Vans Footwear Designer, Taka Hayashi, on the scale of the collaboration, skull and flowers, and bringing Murakami into the Vans family.

Issue Preview: July 2015 with Takashi Murakami

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
We think every issue we do at Juxtapoz is a special one, but the July 2015 has an extra bit of excitement behind it. We are proud to announce world-renowned fine artist and icon, Takashi Murakami, is the cover artist this month, with a special interview conducted with Murakami at this studios outside of Tokyo. We discuss his last show at Gagosian, his relationship with contemporary Japanese culture, and the era he has help change as a multi-dimensional artist.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI "IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW" @ Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 12, 2014
From the sounds of it, the new Murakami show is quite personal and a deep meditation on life and mortality in the face of the great earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. He recently told the NY Times, “I used to think of religion as something kind of false and hypocritical, but after the earthquake disaster, I realized in a time like that, religion and fairy tales and things like that are actually a necessity." His newest solo show, "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow," opened at Gagosian in NYC on November 10, and will be seen through January 17, 2015. 

Blum & Poe present Murakami's "Jellyfish Eyes" @ Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Blum & Poe is pleased to announce the Los Angeles screening of Takashi Murakami's first live-action feature film, "Jellyfish Eyes" (2013), being screened at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles on Friday night, May 30, at 8pm. The film combines Murakami's trademark anime-inspired visual aesthetic with broader themes of social change and self-empowerment. Blending computer-animated graphics and live-action cinematography, Jellyfish Eyes recalls Japanese monster films of the 1950s. This coming-of-age tale embodies the promise of generational hope in a post-Fukushima world.

"Jellyfish Eyes," The First Film by Takashi Murakami:

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 05, 2014
Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo...

Pharrell Co-Curates "This is Not a Toy" @ the Design Exchange

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This Is Not A Toy, curated by John Wee Tom and DX Associate Curator Sara Nickelson with special guest curator Pharrell Williams, is the world's first exhibition featuring a collection of contemporary sculptures, figurines and artworks created by artists including Takashi Murakami, KAWS, FriendsWithYou, Coarse, Huck Gee, and Frank Kozik...

Juxtapoz in Hong Kong: Takashi Murakami @ Galerie Perrotin

Juxtapoz // Sunday, May 26, 2013
Another highlight from the Art Basel Hong Kong week was Takashi Murakami's new exhibition at Galerie Perrotin in central Hong Kong. In celebration of the gallery's 20-year relationship with Mr Murakami, this is the Japanese artist's 9th showing with Perrotin. This particular new body of work features Murakami's "famous alter-ego Mr. Dob and self-portraits of the artist surrounded by his emblematic characters including Kaikai and Kiki with epure backgrounds of skulls pattern."
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