Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in fine arts media as well as commercial media and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. Murakami has achieved various things so far. Below are his greatest achievements and facts about the artist.
1 A combination of modernism and tradition
Even though the Japanese artist is known for his visually contemporary and vibrant work, he offers us a more subtle reflection and a clever play of contrasts between tradition and modernity. Also, on a more figurative level, he creates a color-saturated world almost hallucinogenic where Buddhist iconography and anime heroes share the canvas together.
2 Mr. DOB
Mr. Dob, Takashi Murakami’s signature character was revealed in 1992. It is used as a sort of self-portrait. Dob is a contraction of a dada like phrase "dobojite, dobojite" which means "why why?". With the singular alter-ego, Murakami wanted to create an icon, which, while authentically Japanese have universal appeal.
3 Takashi Murakami and Andy Warhol
Murakami’s art is strongly impregnated by the work of Andy Warhol. Indeed, his two art pieces Warhol/Silver and Warhol/Gold are a direct reference to Warhol’s flower series. We find in Murakami deep respect for Warhol’s legacy but also a stunning and profound reflection for his master.
Takashi Murakami is the creator of the artistic movement “Superflat”. The term was used for the first time in 2001 during an exhibition he organized in Tokyo retracing the origins of Japanese contemporary art through the history of Japanese traditional art.This artistic trend includes Japanese art inspired by manga and anime. In the word “Superflat”: there is the word “flat” that refers to the flatness found in Japanese pictorial art. Indeed, for centuries, Japanese art does not know of perspective and is always very two dimensional. “Superflat” also criticizes the vacuity of consumerist Japanese post-war culture.
5 Kaikai kiki Co
Like Warhol, Murakami creates a sort of Factory, an atelier developed into an empire, Kaikai Kiki Co. They are places of production where hundreds of workers execute different steps of the artistic process to realize the artists’ ideas. However, Murakami goes further in this approach and creates numerous merchandise like flower anime printed rugs referring to his signature motif.
6 Louis Vuitton
In 2003, the famous fashion designer Marc Jacobs asked Murakami to join him on a collaboration where the artist will reinterpret Louis Vuitton’s classic handbags. This particular collection was interesting for Murakami on a creative level. Indeed, the brand accepted that the logo is interpreted in different colors leaving him artistic flexibility. Furthermore, this union born from this hybrid collaboration of a contemporary artist, and a luxury brand became a revolution in the world of art and fashion.
7 Pop music
After art and fashion, Murakami invests himself in music and audiovisual work. He has worked with Kanye West, Pharell Williams. In March 2019, Billie Eilish released the official music video for you should see me in a crown, directed and animated by Takashi Murakami.
8 My Lonesome Cow boy
In May 2008, Murakami becomes one of the most expensive living artists in the world. His sculpture My Lonesome Cow Boy (1998) is sold for more than 15 million dollars at Christie’s auction