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Takashi Murakami

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Mary Fountain

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami
Superflat: First Love
Gallery Work

Art you can BUY!
Visual Culture
In what way is this artist involving himself in consumerism?
What do you think about an internationally known artist who exhibits in museums such as Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum in New York who also sells his artwork as consumerist commodities?
Is this true accessibility to fine art? Why do you say that?
Does making and selling items such as keychains or t-shirts devalue the artwork of Takashi Murakami?
Can you think of any other artists that have sold mundane items with their art on it?
What other artists include consumer commodities as the primary subject matter?
How do artists/art inform advertising?
Can you think of any other internationally known artists that are involved in advertising?

Takashi Murakami
Born in Tokyo in 1962.
Interested in animation and manga from an early age.
Ties high culture to mass consumerism.
"from cartoony paintings to quasi-minimalist sculptures to giant inflatable balloons, to performance events, to factory-produced watches, T-shirts, and other products, many emblazoned with his signature character, Mr. DOB."
"In 2000, Murakami curated an exhibition of Japanese art titled Superflat, which acknowledged a movement toward mass-produced entertainment and its effects on contemporary aesthetics."
Do these characters look familiar?
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