• Takashi Murakami, Welcome to Murakami-Ego, 2012, vinyl, fiber-reinforced plastic, polyamide, 19' 8 1/4“ x 17' 10 3/4” x 20' 5 1/4".

    Takashi Murakami

    Al Riwaq Art Space

    Visitors were greeted on the way into the latest megashow by Takashi Murakami with Welcome to Murakami—Ego, 2012, a nearly twenty-foot-high balloon in the shape of the artist sitting down in his casual shorts and T-shirt. Crushed into the space, he was an extremely imposing presence, especially since the realism of the gigantic FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic) head can be equaled only by Madame Tussaud’s wax figures; his outstretched hand seems to demand the praise and worship due a supericon. Antithetical to the candy-colored Pop associated with the artist, this self-portrait is anything

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