Takashi Murakami and the Poku Movement

Takashi Murakami. Fine Arts aficionado. Visionary. Sculptor. Commercial Art giant….You could go on for days about Murakami, arguably the most prolific artist on the planet, and definitely the most influential artist in Asia from the 90’s to today. He has exhibitions all over the world, including one in the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and a permanent exhibition in the Frankfurt. He also was the design brain behind Kanye West’s “Graduation” album artwork, and the inspiration behind the animated music video for “Good Morning”.

Born Feb. 1st, 1963 in Tokyo, Japan, Murakami attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, pursuing a doctorate in Nihonga (a mixture of Eastern and Western art styles), before abandoning it, and becoming fascinated with Otaku culture, which reigns among the Tokyo youth set. Murakami felt it was more accurate to the modern-day Japanese culture.

He has been credited with being the originator of “Superflat” paintings, and the Poku Movement (Poku is Pop + Otaku). His style involves taking “low culture” (fantasy, consumerism, sexual fetishism, drug culture), and packaging it as “high-end art”. His paintings and sculptures have reportedly sold for a total of 17 million dollars at various auctions in NYC.

Takashi Murakami brings glamour and mystique to the loser, the nerd, the layman. This is the beauty of art in motion, however. Taking the lame, the mundane, the pedestrian, and bringing it to life in brilliant color.

Check out “Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture” for Murakami, and more Japanese Pop Artists.

~ by Chucky_Nite on August 9, 2009.

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