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View of Takashi Murakami’s “Ego,” 2012, Al Riwaq, Doha, Qatar. Photo: Gion.

Takashi Murakami

View of Takashi Murakami’s “Ego,” 2012, Al Riwaq, Doha, Qatar. Photo: Gion.

WHILE PAINTING has been my primary medium since I was eighteen, sculpture is something that I began exploring later on, with the help of several loyal partners. I also consider running my own company, Kaikai Kiki, and its related stores and galleries to be part and parcel of my artistic practice; the advantage of this lies in the direct communication with my clients, which allows me to have an up-close, real-time perspective on the economic and cultural changes happening around the world.

Maybe it goes without saying, but the advent of the personal computer and the invention of the Internet have been the most astonishing technological developments of my lifetime. When I started my career, it was extremely difficult to communicate one’s ideas to large groups of people—I even resorted to publishing my own free newsletter. So for me, the current proliferation of social-networking

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