TAKASHI MURAKAMI "IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW" @ Gagosian Gallery, West 24th StreetJuxtapoz // 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.
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.
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...
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 // 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."
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 16, 2013
This past weekend we stopped by Blum & Poe for the opening of Takashi Murakami’s latest solo exhibition “Arhat.” This is the first time Mr Murakami has shown in the United States since his travelling survey from 2007-09, and what we saw was a fantastic series of new paintings and sculptures that remind us of the playful nature of the Japanese artist's work. Definitely a must see if you are in the Los Angeles area. Photos and more after the jump…
Juxtapoz // Friday, March 29, 2013
A few things to look forward to with news of both an exhibition and film showing of Takashi Murakami. First, Murakami's film Jellyfish Eyes will have its world premiere at LACMA on April 8, 2013. Second, Murakami will have an exhibition at Los Angeles gallery Blum & Poe opening on April 13, 2013. Add 1 + 2 and you got yourself a reason to be in Los Angeles at the beginning of April.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 29, 2012
This is one we wish we could head to Hong Kong for, Takashi Murakami's first show in Hong Kong at Gagosian Gallery. This exhibition explores one of the central dichotomies of his art—between joy and terror, his optimistic magnanimity as an artist and his pessimistic perspective on postwar Japan. It opens/opened tonight, November 29, in Hong Kong.
Juxtapoz // Monday, November 26, 2012
Cult-followed and fashion staple Supreme has been in the news quite a bit in the past week, first with a huge spread in the NY Times, and now they will have a skate deck retrospective exhibition at the 032c Workshop in Berlin opening Saturday, December 1. The deck collaboration series for Supreme has seen some of the biggest names in contemporary art stop in for a few deck designs: Damien Hirst, George Condo, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, KAWS, Marilyn Minter, and Futura, to name a few.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Our good friends in Mexico City made it out to the 2012 Mexico Contemporary Art Fair (MACO) last week, and from the looks of it, there was a ton of good booths and artists on display in Mexico City, including Takashi Murakami, Dr Lakra, George Condo, Pedro Friedeberg, Maya Hayuk, Clayton Brothers, and other heavyweights of the contemporary art world. A few notes and lots of photos after the jump . . .