Takashi Murakami poses in the gift shop at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Courtesy of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.
In a 2000 interview with the Japanese photographer Mako Wakasa for the Journal of Contemporary Art, the artist Takashi Murakami presented the following rules for survival and success in the contemporary art market (best exemplified, he said, by Damien Hirst and the continued relevance of Picasso and Warhol): "First of all, distinctively situate his/her position in art history. Second, articulate what the beauty of his/her art is. Next, sexuality. Then, death. Present what he/she finds in death. If an artist aptly rotates this cycle, he/she can survive." Nearly two decades later, at the opening of "Under the Radiation Falls," a retrospective for Murakami at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, it's hard not to see the rules in action.