After sharing a teaser last month with a collection of handmade T-Shirts, Virgil Abloh’s recently shared work in progress for his upcoming Takashi Murakami co-exhibition is now officially introduced by the Gagosian Gallery.
Coinciding with London Fashion Week 2018, the contemporary art exhibition is pleased to present Future History, the collaborative works by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh. Working together in Murakami’s Tokyo studio, Abloh and Murakami have produced a unique series of works in which their styles and trademarks intersect in a series of vibrant mash-ups.
Murakami draws from sources such as traditional Japanese painting, Otaku subculture, Western art theory, Hollywood, and hip-hop, while Abloh works across fashion, architecture, performance, and consumer products, often deconstructing the creative process.
One of their highlighted works above with Glance past the future, displays how they transform Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s 1623 self-portrait by superimposing Murakami’s character, Mr. DOB to affect a graphic blur of pink and black, like a desecrated street poster.
“We want to see the newest things. That is because we want to see the future, even if only momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we don’t completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it. This is what we have come to call art,” Takashi Murakami said.
Virgil Abloh added, “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.”
Additionally, the exclusive collaborative tees which Abloh teased, will be available at this exhibition, which opens today, February 20 and concludes on Saturday, April 7.
For more details and information, head on over to the Gagosian’s official website.
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