Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Loving.... Japanese Artist Takashi Murakami


 My love of Japan has been documented widely throughout this blog but I've mostly focused on the fashion side of Japanese culture so today I'm going to introduce you to my favorite ever artist - Takashi Murakami. So who is he? Takashi Murakami was born in 1960 in Tokyo and studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music. He is one of Japan's most well known artists and his influence is wide ranging and universal. This is an artist that doesn't limit himself to one particular medium. His body of work includes cartoon characters, sculptures, album artwork for the likes of Kanye West, balloons and graphics. His work has been shown worldwide at prestigious galleries including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. He's even dipped his toes into the fashion world through collaborations with Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton. Last year he guest styled for an issue of POP magazine which included styling Brittany Spears into a life like manga character. His work is amazing and entirely unique. He doesn't limit himself to one particular medium and his influence on Japanese modern art is undeniable.

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