Hiroko Ikegami


    Fresh on the heels of his retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Takashi Murakami is set to conquer Moscow. The first major solo exhibition of the Japanese artist’s work in Russia, the show includes a broad selection of works made between the early 1990s and the present, and focuses specifically on Murakami’s singularly gleeful, Pop-centric engagement with the culture of his home country. The show’s first section situates Murakami within the tradition of Japanese art history, while the second revisits “Little Boy”—the controversial  exhibition

  • Takashi Murakami, The 500 Arhats, 2012, acrylic on canvas mounted on board. Installation view. From the White Tiger panel.

    Takashi Murakami

    IT’S NO SECRET THAT, from the beginning, Takashi Murakami harbored ambitions to become a superstar in the global art scene. And, of course, he achieved this goal in short order: In 2005, Murakami completed his Superflat trilogy—begun in 2000 with “Superflat” and followed by “Coloriage” in 2002—with “Little Boy,” exhibited at the Japan Society in New York. The show was succeeded by a 2007 retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which subsequently toured the world, and, three years later, by “Murakami Versailles.” What is left for him to accomplish? The largest

  • Fujiko Shiraga, c. 1950s. Photo: Osaka City Museum of Modern Art.
    passages October 27, 2015

    Fujiko Shiraga (1928–2015)

    FUJIKO SHIRAGA was an innovative and independent mind. Active as an artist for only about a decade, she was better known during her lifetime as the wife of Kazuo Shiraga. However, in retrospect, Fujiko’s creativity strikes us with its refreshing radicalism and intense engagement with matter.

    Born Fujiko Uemura in 1928, she married Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008) in 1948. In 1952, Kazuo founded the avant-garde group Zero Society with Saburō Murakami and Akira Kanayama, around when Fujiko started taking interest in creating artwork herself. In 1955, Fujiko and the four members of Zero Society—Kazuo,