Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Coming of Murakami

Louis Vuitton bags with the logo in garish colors on a white or black background? Or with drawings of cherries superimposed? Of course, you remember them, and they were the work of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
The Chinese translation of his book about the business of art and creativity has now hit the book stores, and by spending the 300 New Taiwan dollars for it at Eslite I also received a free ticket for a lecture by the man himself, at the Taipei Arena on November 30.
The book - "Yishu Chuangyelun" in Mandarin - has a couple of pictures of his works of art inspired by the Japanese manga culture. Murakami is unashamedly in favor of commercialism and of making money with art. An opinion controversial with artists, if not so much in the fashion world.
Over the coming month I'll read his book to prepare for his lecture, which I hope will not be a dry repeat of his main ideas. As far as I'm aware, no English translation is in the works yet.


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