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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See Latest Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See By Casey Carsel, New York

After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.

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Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze Ocula Insight Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze By Tessa Moldan, London

For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.

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Takashi Murakami Related Press

TAKASHI MURAKAMI IN WONDERLAND Related Press TAKASHI MURAKAMI IN WONDERLAND 29 January 2019, ArtAsiaPacific

Takashi Murakami in Wonderland was Murakami's first solo show in mainland China and Perrotin's second exhibition in its posh 1,200-square-meter Shanghai space. According to Perrotin's press release, it was also the artist's largest gallery show in Asia to date, featuring recent and new works specially created for the occasion. At the gallery's...

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Perrotin Opens New Space in Shanghai with Takashi Murakami Related Press Perrotin Opens New Space in Shanghai with Takashi Murakami 2 January 2019, Whitewall

In November 2018, Perrotin debuted its fourth gallery in Asia in the heart of Shanghai. The space was inaugurated with the exhibition Takashi Murakami in Wonderland , on view through January 5. Just after the opening, Whitewall caught up with the woman behind the new location, Etsuko Nakajima.

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'To Escape Anxiety, There Was Sci-Fi': Takashi Murakami on His Early Years, Francis Bacon, and Kanye West Related Press 'To Escape Anxiety, There Was Sci-Fi': Takashi Murakami on His Early Years, Francis Bacon, and Kanye West 8 June 2018, ARTnews

In 1980, when the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami was 17 years old, he saw the anime movie Galaxy Express 999 , about a boy finding his way as an astral traveler. 'It was like my spirit was flown away into outer space,' he remembered. 'This was around the time that Japan went into a bubble economy—there was a festive mood, but as an...

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Birthday buzz and secret messages at Takashi Murakami retrospective Related Press Birthday buzz and secret messages at Takashi Murakami retrospective 3 February 2018, Wallpaper*

It seems that Vancouver has been rather superflattened by the arrival of Takashi Murakami – or at the very least supercharged. The Japanese international art world star arrived in town to open his retrospective exhibition The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg , on the eve of his 56th birthday, to a palpable civic buzz. He was even presented with a special...

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Japanese Art, on Its Own Terms Related Press Japanese Art, on Its Own Terms 30 October 2017, The New York Times

METZ, France — French and Japanese flags flap in tandem at the Pompidou Center here, hailing the fall program at this sister venue of the Paris museum of contemporary art. Its exhibitions include one about Japanese architecture from 1945 to the present day, and the recently opened Japanorama , a survey of Japan's contemporary art since...

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In Murakami’s Moscow, It’s All “Cuteness and Catastrophe” Related Press In Murakami’s Moscow, It’s All “Cuteness and Catastrophe” 3 October 2017, Vogue

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...

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The Many Arms of Takashi Murakami’s Career Related Press The Many Arms of Takashi Murakami’s Career 22 September 2017, Hyperallergic

You're probably familiar with Takashi Murakami's smiling flowers and eccentric paintings of Buddhist monks, but you might have never seen his earlier works, which looks drastically different from the joyful, luxurious style associated with his name. With 50 works spanning 1982 to 2017, the current Murakami retrospective at the Museum of...

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Takashi Murakami’s “octopus” exhibition at MCA Chicago Related Press Takashi Murakami’s “octopus” exhibition at MCA Chicago 22 September 2017, Art Radar

Running at MCA in Chicago until this Sunday 24 September 2017, the major retrospective of the Japanese artist showcases more than three decades of Murakami's works from his earliest to his most mature. Many of the works which have been on display at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) since 6 June 2017 have never before been shown in North...

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Pot luck: Takashi Murakami’s vast ceramics collection goes on display in Japan Related Press Pot luck: Takashi Murakami’s vast ceramics collection goes on display in Japan 12 April 2017, Wallpaper*

Ceramics first emerged in Japan in the Jomon period - the prehistoric era - making it one of the first art forms in the country, and one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the world. Chanoyu tea ceremonies designed by Rikyuu - the ancient master of the Japanese green tea ritual - popularised ceramics, and in the 1920s, the Mingei folk art...

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Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona Related Press Getting to grips with the nature of art at Mona 23 January 2017, Apollo

Since opening in 2011, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Australia, has put man’s biological impulses and realities at the heart of its curatorial mission. Mona’s founder David Walsh declared infamously that the only relevant themes in contemporary art (and the ones guiding his personal collection) were sex and death. Newspaper...

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'Juxtapoz x Superflat', curated by Takashi Murakami, Juxtapoz and Toilet Paper Magazine at Vancouver Art Gallery Related Press 'Juxtapoz x Superflat', curated by Takashi Murakami, Juxtapoz and Toilet Paper Magazine at Vancouver Art Gallery 12 January 2017, Art Radar Journal

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s artistic practice is expansive – spilling into fashion, film and other commercial areas. The artist turned to curating in the early 2000s, producing several projects, including Superflat  (an exhibition that toured Nagoya Parco Gallery, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center and Henry Art...

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Michael Darling brings Takashi Murakami to the MCA Chicago in 2017 Related Press Michael Darling brings Takashi Murakami to the MCA Chicago in 2017 1 November 2016, Whitewall Magazine

Whitewall sat down with the Michael Darlin, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. On view at the time was the Kerry James Marshall exhibition, Mastry,  a version of which is now on view at The Met Breuer in New York. The show in Chicago clocked in at the fifth highest attended for the museum. WW: When you came to...

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How a 'scream' of post-war Japanese art pioneered Modernism Related Press How a 'scream' of post-war Japanese art pioneered Modernism 31 October 2016, The Creators Project

These days, Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami pull big crowds and even bigger price tags, but it wasn’t always so. Vibrant though it was, the Japanese avant-garde was relatively unknown to Western audiences for most of the 20th century. This began to change in 1996 when scholar and author Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator...

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What shows to see during FIAC in Paris next week Related Press What shows to see during FIAC in Paris next week 14 October 2016, Whitewall

Do yourself a favour: next week during FIAC, wander beyond the walls of the Grand Palais. Paris is a scattered city that has a lot of art to offer, everywhere. In the face of the infinite exploring options, the following list should provide some assisted guidance. Enjoy!

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Takashi Murakami awarded Japan's Art Encouragement Prize for fine arts Related Press Takashi Murakami awarded Japan's Art Encouragement Prize for fine arts 3 April 2016, ArtAsiaPacific

On March 15, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology awarded artist Takashi Murakami the Art Encouragement Prize, Minister Award for fine arts, in recognition of his latest solo exhibition The 500 Arhats  at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum. The content of the show, which included a 100-meter-long painting of...

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Takashi Murakami: 500 Arhats Related Press Takashi Murakami: 500 Arhats 29 March 2016, Blum & Poe

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology bestows the esteemed honor of the 66th annual Art Encouragement Prize of Fine Arts upon Takashi Murakami's work in the 2016 exhibition at the Mori Art Museum, 500 Arhats . This exhibition was Murakami's first large-scale solo exhibition in Japan in 14 years....

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Takashi Murakami curates an exhibition of Japanese ceramics Related Press Takashi Murakami curates an exhibition of Japanese ceramics 7 March 2016, Hypebeast

Superflat artist Takashi Murakami has put together an exhibition of contemporary Japanese ceramics for New York’s Blum & Poe gallery. The exhibition features the work of ceramicists Kazunori Hamana, Yuji Ueda and Otani Workshop, whose pottery methods synthesize a respect for the art’s traditional lineage with a keen sense of...

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Takashi Murakami collects more than just his thoughts Related Press Takashi Murakami collects more than just his thoughts 19 February 2016, Japan Times

“Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection” is an exhibition of other people’s work, amassed as the result of one man’s phenomenally successful artistic career. It’s evidence that Murakami must have done something right, or wrong, depending on your view of culture. He’s sometimes portrayed as a kind of evil...

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Murakami’s ‘The 500 Arhats’ debuts in Tokyo Related Press Murakami’s ‘The 500 Arhats’ debuts in Tokyo 11 November 2015, The Japan News

Takashi Murakami probably needs no introduction, although he may be better known abroad than in Japan, as the contemporary artist was added by Time magazine to its 100 Most Influential People  list in 2008. A long-awaited exhibition titled Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats  opened last Saturday at Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo. The...

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Takashi Murakami Curates Japanese Ceramics at Blum & Poe Related Press Takashi Murakami Curates Japanese Ceramics at Blum & Poe 1 September 2015, Artinfo

Although Takashi Murakami is the Japanese contemporary art world’s most prominent figure, the artist is in fact a cultural omnivore who also harbors a great respect and enthusiasm for Japan’s more traditional forms of art and craft. Murakami has long championed contemporary Japanese ceramics in his native country, organizing...

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Murakami reveals surprise debt to Anselm Kiefer Related Press Murakami reveals surprise debt to Anselm Kiefer 30 August 2015, The Art Newspaper

The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s private collection of works of art and everyday objects will go on display for the first time in January. The exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art will include hundreds of everyday items such as beer mugs, ephemera like fantasy figurines and antiques, says the show’s curator, Akiko Miki. ...

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Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work Related Press Ibiza takeover: Blum & Poe stage pop-up exhibition of Takashi Murakami's recent work 8 July 2015, Wallpaper

The Los Angeles-based Blum & Poe gallery, which also has outposts in New York and Tokyo, is staging a pop-up in Ibiza. Taking place at the island's Art Projects space, the exhibition is a multi-platform showcase of Takashi Murakami's newest work. In addition to this, Lune Rouge Ibiza, Heart Ibiza and the Ibiza Gran Hotel will also be...

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Japan: 2015 Art Preview Related Press Japan: 2015 Art Preview 20 January 2015, C.B. Liddell for Metropolis Japan / 5 January 2015

2014 was an interesting art year in Japan with many highlights—and this year also has lots to offer art fans. Tokyo Art Fair is the main gallery showcase held in the spring at Tokyo International Forum— and sets the tone for artistic trends for the rest of the year, so it’s well worth a visit. This year, it’s held on...

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Takashi Murakami'S Favourite Artforum Cover Related Press Takashi Murakami'S Favourite Artforum Cover 31 December 2014, Cait Munro for Artnet / 08 December 2014

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Japanese superflat superstar Takashi Murakami opened up about many things, including consumer culture, the 2011 tsunami, Kanye West, and his current show at Gagosian. But our favorite tidbit has to be the exposition of Murakami's favorite Artforum cover. From September 2003, the image features...

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Japanese Art After 1989 Related Press Japanese Art After 1989 22 November 2014, Asian Art Newspaper / 21 October 2014

CHRONICILING THE art of the Heisei era, which commenced in 1989 with the ascension of Emperor Akihito, this exhibition features major works by artists including Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Yasumasa Morimura, Daido Moriyama, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Yukinori Yanagi. The era coincides with the peak of the Japanese economic boom and...

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Takashi Murakami "Jellyfish Eyes" Gagosian New York Related Press Takashi Murakami "Jellyfish Eyes" Gagosian New York 20 November 2014, Cedar Pasaori for Complex Magazine / 12 November 2014

Takashi Murakami's long, thrilling career in the art world has seen him exhibit globally, with important, acclaimed commissions beyond museums and galleries, as well. Whether designing a collection for Louis Vuitton in 2002, installing pieces in the Palace of Versailles in 2010, or taking over the Palazzo Reale in Milan last August, his...

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Takashi Murakami Review: A Welcome Return Related Press Takashi Murakami Review: A Welcome Return 12 November 2014, Jason Farago for The Guardian / 11 November 2014

The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has become a divisive figure in the contemporary art world: hailed by some for his merging of high and low styles, reviled by others for his commercial slipperiness and taste for the media spotlight. His newest show, which opens this week in New York, may not win over all his detractors. But it will go a long...

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