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Takashi Murakami

New Paintings

February 10–April 9, 2009
Davies Street, London

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings Installation view© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami: New Paintings

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

Works Exhibited

Takashi Murakami, TIME - camouflage moss green, 2009 Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 118 × 118 inches (300 × 300 cm)© 2009 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Takashi Murakami, TIME - camouflage moss green, 2009

Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 118 × 118 inches (300 × 300 cm)
© 2009 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Takashi Murakami, BOKAN - camouflage pink, 2009 Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 118 × 118 inches (300 × 300 cm)© 2009 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Takashi Murakami, BOKAN - camouflage pink, 2009

Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 118 × 118 inches (300 × 300 cm)
© 2009 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Takashi Murakami, Lots, Lots of Kaikai and Kiki, 2009 Acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 5 panels: 118 × 239 ½ inches overall (299.7 × 608.3 cm)© 2009 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Takashi Murakami, Lots, Lots of Kaikai and Kiki, 2009

Acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 5 panels: 118 × 239 ½ inches overall (299.7 × 608.3 cm)
© 2009 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Takashi Murakami.

Beneath its bright and playful appearance, Murakami’s art deftly challenges the established dichotomies of high art and popular culture, East and West, present and past, life and death, humor and gravity, skepticism and belief. Visually, his work merges the dystopic worlds of popular anime and manga cartoons with the ultra-refined techniques of traditional Nihonga painting.

The centerpiece of Murakami’s compact exhibition is a vast and intricate five-panel painting which possesses the intensity of such masterworks as Tan Tan Bo Puking – a.k.a. Gero Tan (2002). If the jaunty cartoons Kaikai and Kiki have come to be seen as avatars of the opposing aspects of Murakami’s own character, then this immense and ambitious work, jostling with Kaikais and Kikis of every size, shape, and humor, can be interpreted to be his ultimate self-portrait, predicated on an identity that is very much of our time—culturally specific yet ambivalent, mercurial, and multiplicitous.

The Kaikai Kiki painting is flanked by new paintings in the Time Bokan series, begun in 1993. A key image in Murakami’s oeuvre, the skull-shaped mushroom cloud is borrowed from the eponymous Japanese anime TV series from the 1970s. The cloud symbolized the villains’ demise at the end of each episode, although they would unfailingly reappear in the next, to the delight of their young audience. Although the creators of the anime series could not have intended to send a positive message about the atomic bombing of Japan, let alone a safe return from it, the invincible villains became great favorites with children. By reviving this powerful image of Manichean paradox as a form of vanitas in relation to self-portraiture, Murakami provides a bold interpretation of a classical genre within a wholly new iconography.

Takashi Murakami with works from his ceramics collection.

Murakami on Ceramics

Takashi Murakami writes about his commitment to the work of Japanese ceramic artists associated with the seikatsu kōgei, or lifestyle crafts, movement.

Takashi Murakami with his dog, Pom, Full Steam Ahead, Dark Matter in the Farthest Black Reaches of Visible Space, and Blue Flowers & Skulls (all 2012), Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., studio, Saitama, Japan, 2012

In Conversation
Takashi Murakami and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews the artist on the occasion of his 2012 exhibition Takashi Murakami: Flowers & Skulls at Gagosian, Hong Kong.

Takashi Murakami at LACMA

Takashi Murakami at LACMA

In a conversation recorded at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Takashi Murakami describes the process behind three major large-scale paintings, including Qinghua (2019), inspired by the motifs painted on a Chinese Yuan Dynasty porcelain vase.

“AMERICA TOO”

“AMERICA TOO”

Join us for an exclusive look at the installation and opening reception of Murakami & Abloh: “AMERICA TOO”.

Future History: Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh

In Conversation
Future History: Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh

Following their artistic collaboration in London, Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, the recently appointed Louis Vuitton menswear designer, spoke with Derek Blasberg about how they met, their admiration for each other, and the power of collaboration to educate and impassion new audiences.

Nobuo Tsuji vs. Takashi Murakami

Nobuo Tsuji vs. Takashi Murakami

From 2009 to 2011 the eminent art historian Nobuo Tsuji and Takashi Murakami engaged in a reimagined e-awase (painting contest). In this twenty-one-round contest, newly published in Battle Royale! Japanese Art History, Tsuji selects historical works and Murakami responds creatively. Round 6 centers on the Edo Eccentric painter Soga Shōhaku and his monumental Dragon and Clouds (1763).