Featured Artist – Takashi Murakami
For those of who were not able to attend the ongoing exhibit of over ninety Takashi Murakami works spanning more than a decade, we’ve got you covered. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA currently houses a wealth of Murakami’s best and most provocative pieces.
Walking into the open floor plan of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA you’ll immediately notice the sheer size of the exhibit. Murakami’s largest pieces can be viewed immediatly. Just to the left of the main foyer sits the “Oval Buddha” measuring over 18 Ft. in hight, along with some of Murakami’s most contreversial pieces such as “My Lonesome Cowboy” and “Second Mission Project ko2″ (above), the life sized anime inspired sculptures.
Murakami’s most notable pieces surround the embeded Louis Vuitton store where Angelino’s are flocking to snatch up the character driven Monogram Multicolor handbags and accessories. This show truly embodies Los Angeles exhibiting our appetite for luxury and our attraction to pop culture.
Â© MURAKAMI â€” Marc Jacobs on Takashi Murakami
Murakamiâ€™s style, called Superflat, is known for flat color illustrations rooted in anime and manga. In the spirit of Andy Warhol, Murakami takes pop culture and creates artwork from it. This style is evident in not only sculptures and paintings but also t-shirts, videos, and most recently luxury handbags. All of these can be found at the Â© MURAKAMI exhibit. Like Warhol, he directs others to execute his large body of work. Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. has over one hundred employees in New York and Japan.
Â© MURAKAMI can be seen at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA through February 11, 2008.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90013