Takashi murakami

Takashi Murakami (Tokyo, 1962) is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in various fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term "superflat", which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society (using a graphic language derived in part from anime). "Superflat" is also used for Murakami’s own artistic style and that of other Japanese artists he has influenced.  This influential aesthetic, which is characterized by the combination of elements from traditional eastern and western visual cultures (all subject to extreme visual distortion) and signature icons of his own devising that include smiling flowers, skulls, mushrooms, his dog Pom, a character named Mr. Dob—and his own image.

Some of the largest influences in Murakami’s work include graphic comics inspired by Japan’s sexually repressed society and America’s dropping of atomic bombs at the end of World War II. “Cuteness and catastrophe,” he brands it.

Murakami’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including “Made in Japan,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001); “Summon monsters? Open the door? Heal? Or die?,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2001); “Kaikai Kiki: Takashi Murakami,” Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris (2002); “© MURAKAMI,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007; traveled to Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao through 2009); “Takashi Murakami Versailles,” Château de Versailles, France (2010); “Murakami-Ego,” Qatar Museum Authority, Doha (2012); “Arhat Cycle,” Palazzo Reale, Milan (2014); “Murakami: The 500 Arhats,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2015); “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2017); and “Murakami by Murakami,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2017).

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