Takashi Murakami is active/lives in New York, California / Japan. Takashi Murakami is known for sculpture-installation, female dolls.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Murakami made his debut as a modern artist with the 1991 solo
exhibition "Takashi, Tamiya." In 1994 he was invited to New York
to participate in the P.S.1 International Studio Program on a
fellowship grant from the Rockefeller Foundation Asian Cultural
Council, and founded his N.Y. studio during this stay.
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returned to Japan the following year, 1995, and founded the HIRPON
FACTORY in Asaka City, Saitama, as a production studio to help create
his own works, as well as nurture and handle production for young
artists. In 1998 he was invited to join the New Genre curriculum
of the UCLA art department as guest professor (www.hiropon-factory.com).
artwork of Takashi Murakami draws from the language of popular and
traditional Japanese culture to comment on their relationship to
contemporary life. Murakami's life-sized cyborgs, or human machines,
are meticulously crafted sculptures inspired by the sometimes hard-core
computer-generated imagery of the anime (animated film) and manga
(comic book) industries that lie at the heart of Japanese popular
culture. These hypersexualized comic characters are embedded with
references that are familiar to most Japanese audiences but are perhaps
enigmatic to others. The wall drawings combine the palette and
precision of computer graphics with the composition and formal
perfection of traditional Japanese painting
Takashi Murakami's work has
been exhibited in museums all over the world, including the Tokyo
Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and a
recent solo retrospective exhibition at the Bard College Museum of
Art. In September, 2003, his 30-foot Buddha-like character named
Tongarikun with mushroom-shaped seats will be installed at Rockefeller
Center in New York City.
Through his work, Murakami has played
with these oppositions in East and West, past and present, high art and
low culture while remaining consistently amusing and accessible. His
work morphs the worlds of popular contemporary Japanese cartoons and
historic Japanese painting (he is classically trained, with a Ph.D. in
the traditional nihon-ga style) (www.creativetime.org).
Art & Auction, Summer 2003
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