TAKASHI MURAKAMI

MUSHROOM

Other

March 17 – April 14, 2001

Champagne Super Nova, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

63 x 63 inches  160 cm x 160 cm

Contact, 2000

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

98 1/2 x 246 inches  250.2 cm x 264.8 cm

Super Nova, 1999

Acrylic on canvas mounted to board

118 x 413 inches  299.7 x 1049 cm (7 panels)

CUBE, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches  120 x 120 cm

CUBE 2, 2000

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches  120 x 120 cm

Smooth Nightmare, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

63 x 63 inches  160 x 160 cm

Mushroom Bomb, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

71 x 71 inches  180.3 x 180.3 cm

Time Bokan, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

71 x 71 inches  180.3 x 180.3 cm

Pigs Sheep and Wolves, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

71 x 71 inches  180.3 x 180.3 cm

Soutatsu Garden, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

20 x 72 inches  50.8 x 182.9 cm

Jellyfish Eyes Cream, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

16 x 16 inches  40.6 x 40.6 cm

Jellyfish Eyes Nega, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

16 x 16 inches  40.6 x 40.6 cm

Van Gogh, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

40 x 40 inches  101.6 x 101.6 cm

Kinoko, 2001

Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood

16 x 16 inches  40.6 x 40.6 cm

Takashi Murakami Mushroom
March 17-April 14, 2001
Opening March 16, 6-8pm
In Japan, there is no high and there is no low. It's all flat.
-Takashi Murakami
Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami. Mushroom, a new suite of paintings, further expounds on Murakami's idea of "Superflat", an emergent trend in Japanese contemporary art he has notably presented in his curated group shows (Superflat is currently on view at LA MOCA's Pacific Design Center through May 27). Murakami believes Japan's new art to be continually influenced by a technology-saturated world centered around animation, hi-tech computer imagery, and other graphic arts, while remaining anchored in traditional Japanese artistic history. In his own work, Murakami adds elements from Japanese pop culture's manga and anime to his traditional training in nihanga painting-to result in this "Superflat" style.
In this new group of paintings, Murakami returns to brightly colored flowers and mushrooms flattened against silver grounds reminiscent of the golden screens found throughout the centuries in Japanese art. Images of seemingly benign mushrooms and flowers develop alternate personalities with the addition of facial features, allowing their symbolism to run the gamut from harmless to villainous. Working with the strength of the drawn line, long paramount in Japanese art, Murakami successfully leads the viewer's gaze through his dynamic, yet balanced, asymmetrical compositions.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am-6pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at (212) 680-9889.
*A sculpture installation by Murakami entitled wink is also currently on view in Grand Central Station's Vanderbilt Hall. In collaboration with Creative Time and the MTA, this project consists of two new floor sculptures and three monumental balloons.