Avoiding the expected crowd of a compact tokyo subway car during rush hour, but which we l.a. call an art opening, I drove over to blum + poe yesterday afternoon to see the takashi murakami show – you know, he who louis vitton made famous to the beverly hills old money wives club.
B+P have a new gallery that opened earlier this year. Broken down into three different rooms, murakami took advantage of the distinct space to showcase his good, bad and ugly.
Room 1: With a sculpture that stood magnimousily in the middle of the room atop a l.v. suitcase, this was a reminder of murakami’s successful attempt to sell his art to the general mass…or at least to a richer general mass. To the right of the piece was a flatscreen with an anime depicting a miyazaki overtoned story of a girl who gets eaten up by the creature/sculpture to enter an alice in wonderland world of colorful l.v. bubbles throbbing larger and smaller. Louis vitton should buy this installation and have set up in their lobby…or maybe thats whats going to happen. Which than I would find it kinda cool to be able to enjoy a piece that I wouldn’t normally get to see – not like I’m planning to drop by the LV corp hq or anything like that unless to take a crap. But if its just art, than I wouldn’t pay the god awful amount of government cheese to advertise some product in my living room.
Room 2: Inochi is murakami’s newest endeavor. An alien boy sculture that stands about 5 feet, accompanied by photos of him in various japanese classroom and garden settings with philosophical musings. And a video vignette of inochi going to school and meeting a girl. I guess its innocence. Apparently, there are only 3 inochis in existence and are specifically for america. Even the toy figures you can buy of inochi are only produced for the us. Eight dollars per piece, eighty for the whole set. Lucky us.
Room 3: This is vintage murakami stuff but with color variations on black background of his round icons that look like colorful badges. Or variants of the lv bags for those rich beverly hills wives who might be reading this site. There were also 3 sculptures of children which were more akin to the style of his old.
Although I have personal misgivings about murakami as an individual and direction he is taking as an artist, the show was pretty insightful to see his progression as an artist to businessman?