The divisive lines between what is considered high art and hip-hop/pop art culture have become noticeably blurred. The gatekeepers of the high art community are no longer relevant with access to art being easier than ever. Now, more modern personalities are beginning to emerge as prominent figures in the art community. Minds like Virgil Abloh, the trained civil engineer turned famed streetwear designer and the notorious pop art producer, Takashi Murakami, have come together for multiple art curations to change the perception and definition of what high art is considered as. With that said, check out the Murakami & Abloh: ‘AMERICA TOO’ art installation at Gagosian Beverly Hills.
The Murakami & Abloh: ‘AMERICA TOO’ installation includes layered paintings, oversized dual-branding sculptures, and illuminated wall art. Murakami draws inspiration for his artistic endeavors from a multitude of sources. Some of which include otaku subculture, Western art theory, Hollywood cinema, and classical Japanese painting. While Virgil Abloh has become a dominant force in the consumer world with his unique minimalistic styling techniques. Abloh’s OFF-WHITE streetwear brand has become a notable imprint as his stint as artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear has just begun.
The Murakami & Abloh: ‘AMERICA TOO’ Art Installation
As for the Murakami & Abloh: ‘AMERICA TOO’ installation itself utilizes the symbolism of the American flag and drenches is it in star motifs and Murakami drew eyes while Abloh’s OFF-WHITE stretches atop of the textile canvas. Another notable piece includes Abloh’s notorious “EVERYTHING IN QUOTES” detailing surrounded by pastel iterations of Murakami’s famed flower logo. The most historic artistic installment utilizes Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Self-Portrait as a Young Man as an artistic source. Bernini can be seen fused with Murakami’s Mr. DOB animated character muddled in psychedelic bright pink and yellow hues. Lastly, the iconic Murakami flower and OFF-WHITE logos overlay each other on a multitude of wall pieces and large-scale sculptures.
Photos By The Gagosian/Joshua White
The Murakami & Abloh: ‘TECHNICOLOR 2’ Art Installation
This isn’t the first time that Virgil Abloh and Murakami have teamed up for the sake of artistry. Back in June, Gagosian Paris opened the Murakami & Abloh: ‘TECHNICOLOR 2’ art installation. The collection was able to lure both casual followers and art aficionados alike. Which was later named a major success while open until its closure in July. Similar themes of bright hues, illuminating light usage, and minimalism were common for this installation as well. For more visuals of the Murakami & Abloh: ‘TECHNICOLOR 2’ art exhibit go, here.
The contrasting hues, stark symbolism of OFF-WHITE’s angular logo, and elements of otaku culture in this particular collection is inspiring in its own right. The Murakami & Abloh: ‘AMERICA TOO’ installation challenges conventional art practices and provides purists with a different perspective than traditional artistic approaches. With Virgil Abloh single-handedly taking over the fashion industry and Murakami more popular than ever– the possibilities are endless for these two become artistic influences for this generation and many more to come.
For those of you in the Los Angeles area that would like to attend the Murakami & Abloh: ‘AMERICA TOO’ art installation you can do so now through October 25th. Gagosian Beverly Hills is located at 456 N Camden Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210.