Thursday, February 23, 2012

Murakami Takashi Exhibit

The Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) presents 'murakami - ego' the first exhibition of Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Mrakami, in the Middle East. its title draws on Murakami's desire to create a show that is 'a dialogue with one's own ego', reflecting the artist's struggle to create a private fictional universe in response to a growing information overload. It is the largest collection of his work ever presented to the public, showcasing his diverse practice and movement between art mediums, and the singularity of his vision. on display are more than 60 works produced by Murakami from 1997 to the present, on loan from leading international institutions and private collections, as well as several new works developed especially for the show.

Mr. Murakami siphons motifs from Disney and DalĂ­, strategies from Pop Art, and sexual fantasies from Japan’s anime (animation) and manga (comics) subcultures. His cast of variously cute, erotic or grotesque creatures and intense decorative pilings-on range across paintings, sculptures, animations and wallpaper, building at times to a hallucinatory intensity that has more than a touch of darkness.

There was also all this merchandise from various anime shows, including Bishoujo Sensei Sailormoon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne.

Kanye West bear

This is the bear from Kanye West's music video:

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