Isn’t that the aim of any emerging artist? The question that one would ask regarding Murakami’s art carrier is: What’s next? How to evolve when your work already seems to have reached the highest peak of notoriety and recognition. How to keep on creating, being subversive.
Takashi Murakami is far from resting on his laurels.
The Perrotin 25 anniversary of collaboration’s massive “HEADS⟷HEADS” exhibition at New York City’s Galerie Perrotin is a glimpse into Murakami’s new direction. This exhibition shows Murakami’s latest inspirations and is filled with never-before-seen paintings inspired by the work of late iconic artist, Francis Bacon. Another proof of Murakami’s deep reflection on how his own work fits into art history. One of the most remarkable pieces is a 33-foot-long painting to commemorate Soga Shohaku, one of the most influential Japanese painters of the Edo period. This exhibition was open to the public until June 17,2018.
Takashi Murakami has also been one of the first contemporary artists to enter the fashion sphere through his collaboration with the famous fashion designer Marc Jacobs to reinterpret Louis Vuitton’s classic handbags, a revolution in the world of art and fashion. Murakami has kept on exploring new media with numerous collaborations, most recently with a new step from Haute Couture and Luxury Brands to the world of retail. As such, we can report the launch of a new collaboration between Murakami and the Japanese retail Brand Uniqlo featuring countryman Fujiko F. Fujio’s beloved Doraemon manga. The collection will incorporate 15 items in total including mens’ and kids’ T-shirts and an all-over print plush. The collection is available in Uniqlo stores since May 28th and attracted millennials’ interest by reaching to their childhoods’ sweet memories using their favourite futuristic cat-robot cartoon character Doreamon.