Social ObservationsVirgil and Takashi

Reflecting  incisively on the signs of
the times in which we live in.

VIRGIL

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh – Title TBD, work in progress 1 ©︎ Virgil Abloh  © Takashi Murakami.
(Pink Bernini with DOB): Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh Glance past the future, 2018 ©︎ Virgil Abloh  © Takashi Murakami.

 

 

“We are driven by an innate ambition to make art works that are shaped by societal observations—in a variety of media—which by their existence produce a new cultural impact.”—Virgil Abloh

Gagosian gallery in London presents “future history” collaborative works by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh. Working together in Murakami’s Tokyo studio, Murakami and Abloh have produced a unique series of works in which their styles intersect in a stream of free-wheeling, punkish mash-ups reflecting incisively on the signs of the times in which we live.
Murakami draws from sources as diverse as traditional Japanese painting, otaku subculture, Western art theory, Hollywood, and hip-hop. His expansive art production spills over into fashion, film, and commercial commodities, exploding the divisions of high art and pop culture. On the other hand, trained as an architect and engineer, Abloh works across fashion, architecture, performance, and consumer products, often deconstructing the creative process in public to challenge and analyze existing aesthetic systems and their distribution. The duo’s ironic and insouciant artistic gestures are designed to disrupt the divisions and tiers of stratified cultural production.