• Takashi Murakami, Klein’s Pot A, 1994–97, acrylic on canvas mounted on Masonite, 13 1/2 × 13 1/2".

    Takashi Murakami, Klein’s Pot A, 1994–97, acrylic on canvas mounted on Masonite, 13 1/2 × 13 1/2".


    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
    220 East Chicago Avenue
    June 6–September 24, 2017

    Curated by Michael Darling

    Takashi Murakami is not just a leading interpreter of contemporary Japan’s unique collision of popular and traditional culture. His work and his persona are its very embodiment. Murakami brings to his paintings a knowledge of Japanese ukiyo-e wood-block prints and Kabuki theater, as well as an intimate engagement with nihonga painting (a discipline in which he holds a doctorate). Adapting traditional techniques and formats, Murakami fuses historical, political, and topical subject matter to forge singular contemporary canvases, some of the most ambitious of any contemporary artist. Nine of his astonishing mural-scale paintings, including the 2013 masterwork 100 Arhats, will be included in this show, but so too will many of his early abstract canvases from the 1980s and several new pieces. Dazzling in their detail and technical mastery and seductive in their Pop sensibility, Murakami’s paintings nevertheless offer a profound commentary on the darker side of human endeavor and create an unsettling fusion of past, present, and future. Travels to the Vancouver Art Gallery, January 2018; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, June 2018. 


    Stony Island Arts Bank
    6760 S. Stony Island Ave.
    June 6–September 18, 2017

    Curated by Theaster Gates

    In recent years, New York–based multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams has become a key contributor to Afrofuturism’s second wave. In addition to presenting more general meditations on American popular culture, Adams’s work considers the forward movement of black people toward a freer future. Rebuild’s exhibition will present multiple works on paper that continue the artist’s recent engagements with media and futurity, and will showcase a new video and an opening-night performance. “Future People” will also capitalize on the Arts Bank’s many holdings, among them the Johnson Publishing Archive Collections, which includes photographs and materials related to Ebony and Jet magazines, and house-music progenitor Frankie Knuckles’s formidable record collection, which constitutes an essential history of black American music.