Murakami keeping it surreal in Brooklyn

April 7th, 2008

Murakami’s work via New York Times

“©Murakami,” a retrospective of 16 years of Takashi Murakami’s art, had a star-studded opening at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this Friday, after a strong showing on the West Coast.

Murakami’ s opening [Bloomberg]
Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum [New York Times]
Takashi Murakami’s opening [Supertouch]
Kanye West, Marc Jacobs at Murakami’s opening [New York Magazine]
Brooklyn Museum [Brooklyn Museum]
Murakami’s opening [Wall street Journal]

Kanye West performed for a crowd that included John MacEnroe, Marc Jacobs, Kristin Davis, and of course, Mr. Murakami himself, who has ninety works of art on display at the museum–and another (very large) sculpture at 590 Madison Avenue. The pieces run the gamut from animated shorts, to sculpture, to larger than life cutesy yet nightmarish paintings.

©2008 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Murakami also has faux Louis Vuitton merchandise on display, complementing the real Vuitton mini-boutique which is on the museum’s premises, featuring some of the artist’s collaborations with the iconic brand. The show’s next stops will be at the Guggenheim Bilbao, followed by Frankfurt’s Museum fur Modern Kunste.

Brooklyn Museum via Supertouch Blog

Takashi Murakami talks about his oeuvre, via New York Art News

“Tongari-kun” (Mr Pointy-head) via
New York Times

“Tan Tan Bo Puking” via Supertouch Blog

Takashi Murakami’s work via Supertouch Blog

Still shot from ‘Planting the Seeds’ animated short via New York Times

Louis Vuitton’s shop at the Brooklyn Musem via Supertouch Blog

Kanye West performing at opening gala via Supertouch Blog

Murakami’s work via New York Times

Murakami’s work via New York Times

Murakami’s work, via New York Art News
Murakami’s installation at MoCA, LA, via Peekaboo Blog

More faux LV merchandise, via CatwalkQueen

Murakami’s work at MoCA, via Cultural News

On display at the Brooklyn Museum
April 4th – July 13th, 2008
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery
4th & 5th floors