First Look Madsaki Channels Takashi Murakami & Scarface at Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo
One of the most exciting young artists working in Japan today, the painter known only as Madsaki revels in his low-fi deconstructionist parodies of highbrow art culture and society at large. In his new show, Hickory Dickory Dock, at Takashi Murakami’s Hidari Zingaro Gallery in Tokyo’s Nakano Broadway mall, the artist takes aim at Murakami himself with a series of beautifully crude imitations of the Japanese Warhol’s iconic flower paintings that function more as an anarchistic homage than a crude critique. The artist’s indelible sense of humor is the driving force behind these works and his playful sensibility is evident in smiley-faced portraits of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian oligarch Vladimir Putin, alongside humorous word paintings advertising “Free WiFi” and imploring viewers to “Go Ask Siri.”
Madsaki & buddy Hiroto Men salute Shinzo Abe
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