Takashi Murakami


In his New York City studio, Takashi Murakami discusses his three-decades-long practice in which he blends traditional and modern art techniques to create enormous paintings with a visual power unmatched in contemporary art. Murakami talks about his position as an outsider in the Western contemporary art world and his interest in breaking down the boundaries between art and popular culture through collaborations with Kanye West, Louis Vuitton, and Complex. Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, is also featured in the video and discusses Murakami’s history and accomplishments. They each delve into the origins of Murakami’s iconic Mr. DOB, as well as his influences, including Star Wars, natural disasters, and fashion branding.

Cite this page as: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, "Takashi Murakami," in Smarthistory, September 10, 2021, accessed September 21, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/takashi-murakami/.