On Friday Fuglen through a brilliant vernissage of NORWEGIAN ICONS at Blomqvist and I was there <3
at BLOMQVIST – Norwegian IconsExhibition!
Mingle at BLOMQVIST!
Beverages by FUGLEN!
Finally – Takashi Murakami & I!
One of my dreams finally came true. To meet and talk to one of my favorite Artists! WOW! Takashi!!!! Love his art and designs collabos. All he does is pretty amazing, so I took one of his works with me to the gallery and asked Takashi to write a personal greetings to me. How amazing is that?!?! Freaking Awesome!
Takashi Murakami signing one of his works for ME!!!! Specially for me!!!!
What a great moment!
Thank you Takashi for your time!! You are Such an Inspiration!
In 2002, at the invitation of designer Marc Jacobs, Murakami began his long-lasting collaboration with the fashion brand Louis Vuitton. He began by contributing artwork which was used in the design of a series of handbags. The series re-envisioned the fashion house’s signature monogram and was a huge commercial success. Though he had previously collaborated with fashion designers such as Issey Miyake Men by Naoki Takizawa, his work with Louis Vuitton won him widespread fame and notoriety as an artist who blurs the line between ‘high art’ and commercialism. It also elevated him to celebrity status in his home country of Japan.
In 2007, Murakami provided the cover artwork for rapper Kanye West’s Graduation album and directed an animated music video for West’s song Good Morning.
In both cases above, Murakami would later ‘re-appropriate’ these projects by incorporating imagery from such projects into his paintings and sculptures, further blurring the boundaries between art and commercial branding and even questioning the existence of such a boundary.
Asked by interviewer Magdalene Perez about straddling the line between art and commercial products, Murakami responded:
“I don’t think of it as straddling. I think of it as changing the line. What I’ve been talking about for years is how in Japan, that line is less defined. Both by the culture and by the post-War economic situation. Japanese people accept that art and commerce will be blended; and in fact, they are surprised by the rigid and pretentious Western hierarchy of ‘high art.’ In the West, it certainly is dangerous to blend the two because people will throw all sorts of stones. But that’s okay—I’m ready with my hard hat.”
Murakami has also collaborated with a wide range of creators and industries in Japan, a prominent example being the image characters he created for the press relations campaign of the major urban real estate development Roppongi Hills. In 2009 a Murakami sculpture collaboration with Pharrell Williams was revealed at Art Basel, which sold for $2m.
Cool? Now you know!