The Japanese prince of Pop, Takashi Murakami, takes over Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris’ hippest gallery, where he has been showing since 1995, this month. His new body of work consists of 17 paintings, including three monumental ones, five sculptures, and two videos. There are circular floral paintings; a series of self-portraits with his famous fictional characters, such as Mr. DOB and Kaikai and Kiki; and metallic sculptures of bears, based on his sometime collaborator, the rapper Kanye West. And if it isn’t enough just to show in Paris, Murakami opens another solo show at New York’s Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea later in the month. (Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, September 15-October 10; Gagosian Gallery, September 17-October 24)
"Kaikai Kiki and Me" 2008
Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame 59 x 59 x 2 inches
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