A comprehensive volume—overseen by the artist himself—on one of the most renowned living artists today, Takashi Murakami. Takashi Murakami is celebrated the world over for his deft blurring of high and low art. In this volume, accompanying a major exhibition of his work and the first in the Middle East, readers are immersed in the unique way Murakami channels the ecstasy and anxiety of contemporary culture.
Conceived by the artist as a self-portrait in the guise of a cartoon, Murakami – Ego illuminates the role of the artist as a cipher and critic of pop phenomena as well as a mirror of global networks of consumerism, interpretation, and exchange. The book features some of the artist’s most celebrated series, including Kaikai Kiki Lots of Faces and Pom and Me. Murakami has conceived of the exhibition itself as a work of art, creating new modes of display that include sculptural pedestals with digital animation, a circus tent that doubles as an indoor cinema, and an impressive 300-foot-long painting, all of which are featured in the book. In addition to an interview by curator Massimiliano Gioni, Murakami will contribute writings on various works.
Hardcover: 268 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Electa; 9/23/12 edition (October 23, 2012)
Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.3 x 11.3 inches
About Takashi Murakami:
Takashi Murakami was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and he is undoubtedly one of the leading contemporary Japanese artists and a favourite of international collectors. He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is particularly known for blurring the line between high and low arts. In his work he combines traditional Japanese imagery with (Japanese) pop culture, while his art combines a wide range of media. The use of vibrant colors, the incorporation of motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture and the use of flat or glossy surfaces are common in his work. The content could be described at once as “cute”, “psychedelic”, or “satirical”.
He often works with a cast of unique characters that he has created straight from his imagination. They dominate his art and appear across all of the many mediums that he works with. Among his best known recurring motifs are smiling flowers, iconic characters, mushrooms, skulls, Buddhist iconography, jellyfish, and the sexual complexes of otaku culture. As a result, Murakami’s distinctive “Superflat” style challenges our ideas on secular and religious visual culture. It is often both a commentary on, as well as a homage to the history of art.
About our collection:
Famous is proud to offer one of the most varied collections of Murakami prints around. Explore our collection on our website, our Instagram and feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected]. We are more than happy to welcome you in our gallery as well. Find us on Weteringschans 83, Amsterdam – right in the Art District of the city centre.