Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is a major name in the world of contemporary art. Anyone who has seen a Murakami can instantly recognise the hand that created thanks to the popping colours and the almost anime aesthetic of the work. Many consider Murakami to be the successor of Andy Warhol due to his ability to appropriate the popular commercial imagery of Japan – such as anime and manga – and create incredible fine art with it. Common imagery in his artwork including oversized eyes, candylike colors, and smiling flowers. Murakami has managed to achieve worldwide success due to the commercial appeal of his artwork. They have been turned into other forms of media including mugs, keychains, and even a collaboration with Louis Vuitton.
Murakami is more than just a pop artist however. His work is richly inspired by historically traditional Japanese art. Murakami founded the “Superflat” postmodern art movement; a combination of contemporary Japanese graphic practices with flattening print and painting traditions of the country. Plenty of people have adopted this aesthetic for themselves. These followers of Murakami consider the man to be as colorful as his work. Murakami caused a stir in the artistic world when his sculptures were featured against the Western background of the Chátaeu de Versailles; creating a strong juxtaposition of the contemporary, cartoon aesthetic against the French grandiosity.
Explore the World of Murakami Through Murakami EGO
Murakami EGO is a comprehensive volume of Murakami’s work, overseen by Murakami himself. Murakami EGO is also the name of one of his major art exhibitions from the Middle East, with the book written as an accompaniment.
Readers of EGO are shown how Murakami channels the anxiety and ecstasy of contemporary culture to create wonderful pieces of art.
Murakami created EGO to work as a self-portrait disguised as a cartoon. The book shows how the artist works as a critic and cipher of pop phenomena, while also mirroring global networks of interpretation, consumerism, and exchange. The book is filled with some of the greatest and most highly-rated series of works from Murakami; including Pom and Me and Kaikai Kiki Lots of Faces.
Murakami took the concept of an art exhibition and turned even that itself into a work of art. He worked to create new ways to display artwork including a pedestal for sculptures featuring digital animation, a circus tent that also works as a fully working indoor cinema, and a truly impressive painting that stretches for 300 feet. All of these works and more are featured within the book. Murakami EGO also features writings by the artist himself; taking an in-depth look at the different works and the creative process.
It also features an interview by the creator of the EGO exhibition Massimiliano Gioni.
Murakami EGO serves as a perfect companion piece to the art exhibition.
It also goes into enough depth by itself to be enjoyed by people who have never seen the exhibition, fans of Murakami, and even people who just want to learn more about the creative process of one of the true pioneers of art.