New York

Takashi Murakami, 727, 1996, acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 9' 10 1/8“ x 14' 9 3/16”.

Takashi Murakami, 727, 1996, acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 9' 10 1/8“ x 14' 9 3/16”.

New York

Takashi Murakami

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
April 4–July 13, 2008

MOCA Geffen Contemporary
152 North Central Avenue
October 29, 2007–February 11, 2008

Curated by Paul Schimmel

The exhibition title, “© Murakami,” flatly announces the post-Warholian position Takashi Murakami aims to occupy on the broken borderline between art and popular culture. Rendering his name a generic consumer brand, Murakami claims the benefits of intellectual property while hedging his work against the collective comic-book and video-game imaginary from which it springs. Others would sink under the weight of such a paradox, but Murakami soars—this is corporate-capitalist gnosticism, Hieronymus Bosch for the digital age, figuring a “superflat” reality squashed between angelic overworld and demonic underworld. Bringing together more than ninety paintings, objects, films, and installations made since the early 1990s, this exhaustive midcareer retrospective will provide a welcome opportunity to see how it all adds up, whether it does, and even whether it should. Travels to the Brooklyn Museum, New York, Apr. 4–July 13, 2008; and other venues.