TAKASHI MURAKAMI’S PSYCHEDELIC POP AT ART BASEL HONG KONG
In celebration of the first edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, the exploding power of Chinese art collectors, and Takashi Murakami’s total dominance of the Asian Pop Art scene (not to mention America), longtime Murakami collaborator Emmanuel Perrotin staged an exhibition of new work that was pure superfun superflat eye candy. Opening today to a throng of ardent admirers, the eponymous show shunned the bigger, more complex themes of his recent LA and Hong Kong solo shows in favor of a more crowd-pleasing array of beautiful, classic Mr DOB paintings and examples of his latest series of cartoon self-portraits. The centerpiece of the show—a total no-brainer for a Chinese audience—was a gold-plated edition of his naked self-portrait sculpture that debuted at his “Arhat” show at Blum & Poe in LA last month. The master himself was in epic spirits at a press preview of the show and looked to be having as much fun as any man dominating the emerging art market of the 21st century should be. Have a look:
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