Takashi Murakami (村上 隆 Murakami Takashi, born February 1, 1962) is an internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist. He works in fine arts media—such as painting and sculpture—as well as what is conventionally considered commercial media —fashion, merchandise, and animation— and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term superflat, which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society. Superflat is also used as a moniker to describe Murakami’s own artistic style and that of other Japanese artists he has influenced.
Murakami is the founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., through which he manages the careers of several younger artists and organizes the biannual art fair GEISAI. (via Wikipedia)
+ Acquisitions for the Che-Howell Collection
The Che-Howell Collection founders are longtime fans and collectors of Murakami, following his Superflat movement in art, photography and collaborations for many years. We have been especially interested in his affair with commercial collaborations, including music and fashion, as a means to elevate brands and celebrate attainable art and design in the form of products and limited editions. Andy and Ginger attended the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and acquired two complimentary pieces for the Che-Howell Collection.
Marc Jacobs on the collaboration with Takashi Murakami
Overview of the Murakami opening reception at MOCA
Takashi Murakami and Marc Jacobs
+ Collector's note: James Marshall (aka Dalek), an old friend of Che-Howell Collection founder Andy Howell, studied line, color, and technique under Takashi Murakami during his evolution from skateboarder and graffiti artist to established contemporary artist.