Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg accounts for the first serious survey of the famed Japanese artist’s work. Through various essays and illustrations, many of which were previously unpublished, the book traces Murakami‘s career from training, to his current studio practice.

Furthermore, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg explores the artist’s relationship to the tradition of Japanese painting, as well as his facility in straddling high and low, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, commercial and high art. Also included are a detailed biography and exhibition history, with contributions from Michael Darling, Michael Dylan Foster, Chelsea Foxwell, Reuben Keehan and Akira Mizuta Lippi.

The hardcover Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg ($65 USD) is set to release May 30, boasting 288 pages and 250 colored photographs.

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