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In just 15 years, Takashi Murakami has written a chapter of contemporary art history. Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo in 1963 and received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Murakami aligns himself with the geeky, obsessive fans and collectors of the Japanese animations. He has literally changed the face of Japanese animation, filling the smiling faces of cartoon characters with jagged teeth like fangs, making the cute violent. His adorable boy and girl sculptures turn wildly libidinous and even the mild mushroom sprouts have crazed eyes and pointy teeth.
Through his work, Murakami has played with the oppositions in East and West, past and present, high art and low culture while remaining consistently amusing and accessible. He is taking Duchampian spin-off to the level of Disneyesque international consumer culturalism.
In addition to his work as an artist, Takashi Murakami is a curator, entrepreneur, and a student of contemporary Japanese society. In 2000, Murakami curated an exhibition of Japanese art titled Superflat, which acknowledged a movement toward mass-produced entertainment and its effects on contemporary aesthetics. Murakami is also internationally recognized for his collaboration with designer Marc Jacobs to create handbags and other products for the Louis Vuitton fashion house.
Takashi Murakami's work has been exhibited in prestigious museums all over the world, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.