Takashi Murakami at Brooklyn Museum of Art

April 3, 2008 4:06:52 PM PDT
A new exhibit opens in Brooklyn tomorrow and even if you don't recognize the artist's name, you know his work. In fact, you see it carried all over the streets. Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg has more.

Takashi's art is really a combination of high and low beauty and frightening images.

Paul Schimmel is the curator of a massive exhibition called copyright Murakami on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Takashi Murakami's work is, at first glance is playful, with saturated colors and sweet images but it isn't all happy and neither is the artist.

Art is his hope and through it, he addresses the defeat of Japan in World War Two, how American culture seeped into Japanese culture and how Japanese culture often incorporates animation.

Murakami has created his own animated collectibles, stickers and dolls. And about seven years ago, he was asked by to create bags for the luxury handbag maker Louis Vuitton. And like his art-- the Louis Vuitton monogram popped with color.

He turned bags into art so perhaps it's fitting that within his exhibition - Louis Vuitton has opened a store selling his bags.

And if you can wait Louis Vuitton's newest collaboration with Murakami will be sold starting June first initially here at the museum store and we had a glimpse of the new patterns.

Camouflage, perhaps homage to Andy Warhol.

This show first appeared in Los Angeles and but as for New York.

But with 90 bold and unique pieces on view--you might just say Murakami has this show in the bag.


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