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He is Murakami Takashi, one of the artists attracting the most attention in the latest art scene. What makes his art unusual is that his artistic ideas are based on “otaku culture.”
What does the word “Otaku” mean?
Otaku (おたく/オタク?) is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom.
What kind of artwork does he make?
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Influenced by Ukiyo-e at the same time
How do you find his artwork so far? Even though a lot of people criticize him for bringing otaku culture into the art world, his artwork are also strongly influenced by “ukiyo-e,” a traditional technique of making woodblock prints and paintings. Don’t you find it interesting the way he mixes traditional art and modern trends?
His artwork draws much attention overseas.
He attracts much attention overseas, such as in New York, one of the world’s centers of contemporary art. This photo was taken in 2003 at his exhibition in front of the Rockefeller Center.
『Miss Ko2』 was sold for $567,500.
This 『Miss Ko2』 was auctioned off to an old American couple in their eighties at Sotheby’s for $567,500 in New York City in 2003.
Scandalous show at the Chateau of Versailles
He presented his artwork at the Chateau of Versailles in France in 2010. This show caused a big scandal in France.
Collaboration with Louis Vuitton
He collaborated with French brand Louis Vuitton in 2003.
Murakami’s artwork as the Google Doodle!
In June 2011 on the first day of summer, Murakami’s artwork was selected as the Google Doodle for countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
This was for countries in the Southern Hemisphere for the first day of winter.