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Murakami & Abloh

“AMERICA TOO”

October 10–25, 2018
Beverly Hills

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork ©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Works Exhibited

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, DOB and Arrows: Patchwork Skulls, 2018 Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 34 × 23 inches (86.4 × 58.4 cm)© Virgil Abloh and © Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, DOB and Arrows: Patchwork Skulls, 2018

Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 34 × 23 inches (86.4 × 58.4 cm)
© Virgil Abloh and © Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, Yellow and Pink, 2018 Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 55 ¾ × 47 ⅜ inches (141.6 × 120.3 cm)©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, Yellow and Pink, 2018

Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame, 55 ¾ × 47 ⅜ inches (141.6 × 120.3 cm)
©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, “TIMES: FLAMES”, 2018 Acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, “TIMES: FLAMES”, 2018

Acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
©︎ Virgil Abloh and ©︎ Takashi Murakami. Photo: Joshua White

About

There is a zone of supremacy in the art world and there is a sense that fine art is the most precious and has the highest status. My collaboration with Virgil is trying to create something that is completely outside of that framework.
—Takashi Murakami

Satire and irony are looming themes that are part of our now. Our dialogue is not so much embedded in the art; it’s embedded in the atmosphere that we’re creating.
—Virgil Abloh

Gagosian is pleased to present new works by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, following future history at Gagosian London, and “TECHNICOLOR 2” at Gagosian Paris.

Murakami and Abloh have created an art, media, and production collaboration in layered paintings, large-scale sculptures, and the merging of their respective trademarks and brand names. Multihyphenate cult figures in their fields, they push against the parameters of fashion, art, and popular culture, provocatively blurring the lines between them.

In his protean oeuvre, Murakami draws from sources as diverse as classical Japanese painting, otaku subculture, Western art theory, Hollywood cinema, and hip-hop. His expansive art production spills over into fashion, film, and commercial commodities both luxurious and inexpensive, eschewing entrenched divisions between high art and popular culture.

Abloh, trained as an architect and engineer, works across fashion, architecture, performance, and consumer products, often deconstructing the creative process in public to challenge and analyze existing aesthetic systems and their distribution. His street-couture label Off-White, which he founded in 2013, combines conventional tailoring with more subversive references, while his role as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear places his current design work in dialogue with Murakami’s celebrated collaborations with Vuitton, beginning in 2002.

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