I just finished reading Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World. Although I loved every chapter, the Studio Visit was a stand-out for me as she chose to highlight a visit to the studio of world famous Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami during his final preparations for his first major retrospective, © MURAKAMI. I saw this exhibition (which was more like an experience ) when it was at the Brooklyn Museum in 2008 and as my first, real encounter with the fantastical demented Disney-like world of Murakami, I was uncontrollably inspired.
That chapter just had me reminiscing and so I thought I’d share this music video animated by Murakami that I saw on view with the exhibition. I really never thought I’d see the day when Kanye infiltrated the art museum..
AND in case you were wondering, this room of maniacal smiling superflat flowers was my favorite part of the entire exhibition. While I was roaming this gallery one of the guards quietly pointed out to me, that upon spending countless hours already with these deranged and maddening ecstatic grins, he has found that there are in fact, only five flowers that are crying.
I don’t know what I like more, the lonely guard’s enlightened observation or the bright captivation of that room.