Who is Takashi Murakami?
Takashi Murakami is one of the most influential and popular Japanese contemporary artists in the world. He is not only being loved as an artist but also as a fashion idol by young people in Japan.
Takashi Murakami said that he had a pure interest in painting and drawing because his mother loves arts and always took him to various art exhibitions, even though he did not know much about art elements and culture at that time.
Since the early 1990s, Takashi Murakami has invented popular cartoon-element characters that combine Europe, the United States and Japan-from his first Mr.DOB, to various anime characters and bears, lions, and smiling flowers. These cartoon-element characters can be said to act as icons and symbols, and they are given more complex themes of violence, technology and fantasy.
In 2000, Takashi Murakami hold an exhibition. The exhibition showcased their techniques and media to integrate various aspects of Japanese visual culture, from Ukiyo-e (Ukiyo-e is a print from the Edo period), as well as in cartoons, handwriting, specific Many cute characters in the product. Through this exhibition, Takashi Murakami advances his ultra-flat art theory. At the same time, this exhibition also highlights the “flatness” of Japanese visual culture from traditional painting to contemporary subculture under the background of World War II.
In 2009, Takashi Murakami and the famous art historian Nobuo Tsuji had a creative dialogue centred on Japanese artists (a group of Japanese artists known as Edo weirdos). This dialogue led to Murakami’s upcoming exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2017.
After the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear crisis, Takashi Murakami began to explore the impact of historical natural disasters on Japanese culture and art. In 2014, Takashi Murakami held a Gagosian exhibition in West 24th Street in New York, he created an electric and immersive installation, he also showed his fictional character Mr DOB and karajishi, the mythical lion guarding Japanese Buddhist temples, visitors enter through a replica of the sanmon.
Murakami not only incorporates different time periods, styles and themes in his works, but his artistic methods also cross the boundaries between art fairs, studios, galleries, and media. In addition to creating paintings and sculptures, Murakami also organizes art fairs for emerging artists, curates exhibitions for emerging artists, and produces movies, which contain many characters and themes he designed. His works combine fantasy, science and history well, and he proves that these categories cannot be isolated, but are perfectly integrated.
Although Takashi Murakami’s commercial works are widely known, Takashi Murakami’s interest in brand power and global influence is gradually and steadily established by targeting different audiences or creating low-to-high art and high-to-low products. Every creative collaboration of Takashi Murakami paved the way for the expansion of his global influence, making Murakami a household name, and he became more and more important in people’s hearts. He attracts audiences to consume his art all the time, whether by owning a graduation CD, appreciating luxury goods, or collecting his art as a new non-traditional experience.
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