Takashi Murakami

Louis Vuitton takes on Yayoi Kusama's surreal polka dots

Louis Vuitton takes on Yayoi Kusama's surreal polka dots

Louis Vuitton is set to unveil its latest artist collaboration next week and sure enough Marc Jacobs has managed to marry good taste with high art. For this latest turn, Yayoi Kusama’s surreal use of polka dots will be featured as a capsule collection scheduled to launch in two phases between July 10 and October. The first launch will be an array of limited-edition clothing and accessories such as pajamas, a trench coat, separates and jewelry that will coincide with a retrospective of Kusama’s work at the Whitney Museum of American Art opening July 12, as well as the exhibition already on view at London’s Tate Modern.

Takashi Murakami: big boobs, big bore

Takashi Murakami: big boobs, big bore

In Takashi Murakami’s exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London, he stakes his claim as the first person to represent “the Japanese male sexual complex” in life-size form. He’s referring to his sculptures “Miss Ko” (1997), “My Lonesome Cowboy” (1998) as well as a flock of new life-size 3D renderings of those 2D sexual hangups (animation, games, etc.) like “3-Meter Girl” (above), currently on view.

Murakami at Versailles

Murakami at Versailles

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“Murakami Versailles” opens today at the 17th-century French palace, and surprise, surprise: some French are offended. It’s probably the same stuffed shirts that reacted to Jeff Koons 2008 installation, and I’m willing to bet that this time around their petitions will have about the same impact, which is to say none at all.

Takashi Murakami x Thanksgiving Parade

Takashi Murakami x Thanksgiving Parade

It may be a little too early to think about Thanksgiving for most of us, but Takashi Murakami is busy preparing “Kaikai and Kiki” for their balloon debut at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade this year. Kaikai, a childlike character in a rabbit costume, and Kiki, a companion with three eyes and sharp fangs, are examples…

Spears vs. Takashi Murakami

Spears vs. Takashi Murakami

This year we’ve already seen one pop princess (Christina Aguilera) reemerge from hiding only to be written off as a Gaga-wannabe past her prime. This was a shame as Xtina’s album had brilliant highs and it just seems she was a victim of Gaga’s power over the press.

Now we ready ourselves for Britney Spears’ comeback. And while Spears has always been more likable than Aguilera, and was never one for put-on art/fashion reference, the news about, and accompanying images for, her cover shoot for Japan’s POP Magazine seem a bit desperate, no?

Dalek for Ai Records

Dalek for Ai Records

In 1999 Ai Records released it’s first ever record. And now, in 2010, they will be celebrating with 200 limited edition picture discs. Each disc’s artwork was created by Dalek. Dalek has worked with Takashi Murakami and seems to be finding his own point of view. I don’t know much about AI records. And that’s…

Simply expensive: Pharrell makes art now

Simply expensive: Pharrell makes art now

Collaborations can be great and we’re certainly seeing more and more unexpected film/art/fashion/music combinations now. But Pharrell and Takashi Murakami working together is like pop on top of pop…with a side order of pop! And that’s exactly what “The Simple Things,” their contribution to Switzerland’s Art Basel, is.