MOCA presents Takashi Murakami

9 11 2007

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Andy Warhol maybe be dead, but Japan has a great replacement for him. Through February 11 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, you can check out the Pop Art of Takashi Murakami. For all you fashionista, y’all might recognize him as the hot desinger of that $5,000 Louis Vuitton handbag that everyone was sporting a while back. His work draws its inspiration from the homogenization of Japanese culture from anime to manga, erotic schoolgirl hentai to Hello Kitty and distorted in bold, spectacular works. Featuring more than 90 works in various media spanning the early 1990s to the present, this international traveling retrospective is an unprecedented opportunity to survey the depth and breadth of Takashi Murakami’s entire career. The exhibit also features the debuts of Murakami’s new animated film, kaikai & kiki, and Buddha Oval, a huge self-portrait sculpture. The second section comprises a grid-like shelving display of Murakami’s merchandise. A fully operational Louis Vuitton boutique, showcasing the artist’s collaboration with the designer brand.

(c) Murakami
Through February 11 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave. (213) 626-6222

Admission: $8. Free Thursdays 5-8p.
Gallery hours: Mon 11a-5p, Thu 11a-8p, Fri 11a-5p, Sat-Sun 11a-6p. Closed Tue-Wed.



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