A Look At Takashi Murakami By: Michael Rinchiuso & Danielle Helmlinger ARTE 344
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A Look At
By: Michael Rinchiuso & Danielle Helmlinger
I express hopelessnessIs pronounced just how it looks, you just add more of a slurred L and R sound for the ra. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1963 and still lives there to this day.Takashi Murakami (
SchoolingMurakami graduated with his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. While he was there he studied Nihonga () which is a late 19th century Japanese style of painting.
Life After SchoolAfter the rise and influence of anime and manga in the 1980s, Murakami changed his traditional work style. Merging Nihonga and the anime style, Murakami made artworks that could be commercialized and mass produced but still have the message of hopelessness he tries to communicate.
Art PeriodsMurakami started an art movement that is known as Superflat. The forms in these works are flattened to represent the "shallow emptiness of Japans oversaturated consumer culture. Poku is the term used for Murakamis style of pop art.
MediumsMurakamis work ranges from cartoony paintings, quasi-minimalist sculptures, giant inflatable balloons, performance events, factory-produced watches, T-shirts, and other products. Here in the west, he is known for his designed Louis Vutton purses.
Factory & Side workHiropon Factory was Murakamis original production workshop. Today, his fame and popularity has grown to such heights that his work is made by a corporation named Kaikai Kiki. One of Murakami most notable side works consisted of creating the cover art for Kenya Wests Graduation Album.
Famous ArtworksMurakami has made a number of artworks that are well recognized both in and out of Japan. His most recognizable artworks are those that derive from the Mr.DOB character (top picture). The mouse like Mr. DOB is considered to act as a sort of alter ego of Murakami himself.
Murakamis MessageBehind Murakamis seemingly cheerful exterior lies a powerful message about current Japanese culture. Murakami states that If my art looks positive and cheerful, I would doubt my art was accepted in the contemporary art scene. My art is not Pop art. It is a record of the struggle of the discriminated people.