MODERN ART MUSEUM
Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas 63 x 59 1/2
The Modern - TAKASHI MURAKAMI: THE OCTOPUS EATS ITS OWN LEG
Exhibition: Jun 10, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018
By: Takashi Murakami
Known for his collaborations with pop icons and fashion house Louis Vuitton,
and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami
(b. 1962) has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and
low culture, ancient and modern, East and West. Organized by the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Chicago, the exhibition is a major retrospective of his
paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from
the artist's earliest mature works to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings.
The exhibition, titled Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, shows how
Murakami's art is rooted in traditions of Japanese painting and folklore, and
highlights the artist's careful attention to craft and materials. It also
showcases the artist's astute eye for the contemporary influences of
globalization, media culture, the continued threats of nuclear power.
Murakami's increasingly complex paintings are filled with characters and
scenarios both cute and menacing, saccharine sweet and critically acidic.
They are evidence of a conflicted, concerned, and committed commentator on
cultural production who recognizes that any effective “hook” is bound to have
a sharp point. Throughout his career, and especially over the last ten years,
Murakami has combined spectacle with sophistication, transforming the art world
while establishing his own reputation within it.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with original essays
by the show's curator, Michael Darling, and Michael Dylan Foster, Chelsea
Foxwell, Reuben Keehan, and Akira Mizuta Lippit, as well as excerpts of
previously published writing by Murakami translated from the original Japanese.
About The Modern Art Museum
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post - World War II art in all media and creating a welcoming environment for its public appreciation. The Modern promotes understanding and interest in art and artists through curatorial research and publications, and a variety of educational programs, including lectures, guided tours, classes, and workshops.
The collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is comprised of nearly 3,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and prints. The majority of works in the collection are dated between 1945 and the present. All major, international movements are represented, including Abstract Expressionism; British, German, French, and American Pop; Color Field Painting; Minimalism; Conceptualism; Post-Minimalism; New Image Painting, and Neo - Expressionism. Pop and Minimalism are particularly strong, as is German art of the 1970s and 1980s.
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