Monday, November 05, 2007

Modern Art Is Not Static

Takashi Murakami, (born February 1, 1962) in Tokyo is a prolific contemporary Japanese artist.

Murakami works in both fine arts media, such as painting; as well as digital and commercial media. He attempts to blur the boundaries between high and low art. He appropriates popular themes from mass media and pop culture, then turns them into thirty-foot sculptures, "Superflat" paintings, or marketable commercial goods such as figurines or phone caddies.

This guy captured my attention yesterday morning. They profiled him on CBS Sunday Morning. Most notably, he did the artwork for Kanye West's "Graduation" album. He gets compared often to Warhol except his work transcends mere canvas. Plus he looks like my old boss at Domino's Pizza.

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