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Takashi Murakami on New Exhibitions, NFTs and Why Bernard Arnault Should Be a Brand

Click here to read the full article. With exhibitions unrolling at Gagosian in New York and The Broad museum in Los Angeles, as well as a flotilla of NFTs, Takashi Murakami is melding the physical and the virtual. ”An Arrow Through History” debuts Wednesday at Gagosian’s two Madison Avenue locations and an immersive VR component will be accessible on its site or through a VR headset. Gallery visitors will be able to activate Snapchat lenses to view AR animations in each gallery and on the building exterior of one of the Upper East Side sites. The digital marketplace RTFKT Studios (which...
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Major Takashi Murakami Exhibition Fuses Virtual and Physical Artworks

“An Arrow through History” spotlights the artist’s ‘Clone X’ avatars and original artworks at Gagosian NY. One scroll down in Takashi Murakami’s OpenSea profile, and you’ll notice his Clone X NFT collaboration with RTFKT having values of over 14 ETH or roughly 40,000+ USD. The numbers are pretty shy compared to the value of his traditional artworks that range from $200,000 to the millions in the secondary market. It’s clear that Murakami is making a big name for himself in the metaverse as his traditional market continues to attract interest. But, what does this mean for Murakami as an artist regardless of his sale prices?
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Takashi Murakami, NFT Creators Win Big at Webby Awards

Click here to read the full article. This year, the Webby Awards, which recognize “excellence on the Internet,” gave special mention to NFT projects—an unusual designation, since art is not often given these prizes. Artist Takashi Murakami received a Special Achievement Webby for his contributions to the space with his NFT projects. The Lifetime Special Achievement honor was awarded to the creators of the NFT, Anil Dash and Kevin McCoy. “I was really surprised and happy to see that the work we did was recognized,” said McCoy in an interview with ARTnews. Dash and McCoy first invented the prototype for modern NFT (non-fungible...
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It’s time for the future! Hublot continues its unorthodox ways by launching two NFTs with Takashi Murakami

In 2021, Hublot’s unorthodox aesthetic met Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s madness. Watch lovers were smitten first with Hublot Classic Fusion All Black, the stunning all-black timepiece, followed by the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow, which exploded an entire rainbow of colors into the world of horology. Debuting at Geneva’s Watches and Wonders convention is the next phase of Hublot’s collaboration with Takashi Murakami- the watch-related NFT. The sold-out watches are coming back as an NFT, bringing the stalwarts together.
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Takashi Murakami Will Present a Three-Part Exhibition at Gagosian New York

Opening this May at the gallery’s 976 and 980 Madison Avenue locations. Gagosian is gearing up to host a new solo exhibition of never-before-seen work by acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami at two of its New York galleries. An Arrow through History is a three-part presentation of paintings and sculptures inspired by an ancient Yuan Dynasty vase and the artist’s own NFT initiatives.
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Takashi Murakami Is Working On His Own Twist On Tamagotchi Virtual Pets

In a time of introspection, more people have been caring for flowers and succulents as they would with pets. Plant parents—and even those who aren’t blessed with a green thumb—have a new friend to look forward to: Takashi Murakami’s take on the famed Tamagotchi virtual toys from the 1990s and 2000s.
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Takashi Murakami Adds His Vibrant Signature to New Era Collab

Legendary artist Takashi Murakami has teamed up with iconic headwear brand New Era on a collection comprising a range of co-branded hats and apparel that includes long- and short-sleeved T-shirts. Murakami’s instantly-recognizable flower art is embroidered across several types of caps, each constructed of varying materials and arriving in black,...
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Takashi Murakami Puts Colorful Spin on Hublot Classic Fusion

Takashi Murakami adds a hefty dose of color to one of Hublot’s most popular designs. Nearly a year after announcing their partnership, the Japanese artist and Swiss watchmaker return with the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow, a head-turning timepiece that is equal parts playful and luxe. Just like their previous collaboration—the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami All Black—this piece is centered around the iconic smiling flower; however, they ditched the murdered-out, monochromatic look for a rainbow theme that perfectly reflects Murakami’s signature style.
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Takashi Murakami Continues To Stand the Test of Time

For Takashi Murakami, it hasn't always been easy. Today, he's one of the most recognizable figures in the art world and has pioneered the intersection of fashion and art since the early days of his career. With collaborators including Kanye West, Louis Vuitton, Supreme, COMME des GARÇONS, and more under...
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After an all-black beauty, Hublot and Takashi Murakami unveil the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow watch, a whirlwind of transparency, color, and petals that move!

Once upon a time, Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s madness met with Hublot’s unorthodox methods and a stunning all-black timepiece, with the signature smiling flower motif was born. That sounds like a happy ending, but the happiness has continued to the second chapter, with Hublot and Takashi Murakami coming together again to unveil the second timepiece of their collaboration- the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow. At the same time, there are some similarities in the two iterations, like the smiling flower and a classic Hublot shape of the timepiece. What’s strikingly different is how Murakami has gone to the other end of the spectrum, from monochromes to an entire rainbow of colors entering into the world of horology.
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takashi murakami brings a whirlwind of glittering color to hublot classic fusion

Following its all-black debut, takashi murakami drops a second timepiece as part of the hublot classic fusion collaboration. now, the face is illuminated with the artist’s signature rainbow palette. the japanese designer has translated his trademark smiling flower into a spectrum of 384 gemstones — including rubies, amethysts, tsavorites, and pink, blue, yellow, and orange sapphires — all set within a fully transparent 45mm sapphire crystal hublot case.
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Naomi Osaka got an ultra hyped tennis racket from artist Takashi Murakami

The sport of tennis has become a surprising playground for streetwear. Three years back, Palace outfitted Adidas’ players at Wimbledon, including eventual women’s champion Angelique Kerber. Virgil Abloh has found his sporting muse in Venus Williams, who’s worn Off-White x Nike gear on several occasions and received her own version of “The Ten” Blazer. Now, at this year’s US Open, Naomi Osaka will take the court with an assist from one of streetwear’s favorite artists.
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Takashi Murakami x Naomi Osaka Co-Design Cherry Blossom Tennis Racket

As Naomi Osaka prepares for the upcoming U.S. Open, the tennis star has joined forces with Takashi Murakami to design a limited-edition Yonex racket and accompanying bag. The special EZONE silhouette, which the four-time Grand Slam champion will use to play at the games in New York, is adorned with Murakami’s signature cherry blossom motif atop a white base. The racket is rounded out with Naomi’s name printed on the throat in black with kangaroo and bear silhouettes on each side.
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Takashi Murakami designed an esports jersey for Faze Clan

The ongoing confluence of fashion and games continues with a collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Faze Clan. The celebrated pop artist has designed a new line of merchandise for Faze, including an esports jersey and mouse pads, featuring his iconic smiling flowers. While it may largely look like two brands...
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Takashi Murakami Will Curate This Year's Outsider Art Fair in NYC

Takashi Murakami has been tapped by Outsider Art Fair organizers to curate this year’s installment in New York City. Murakami will lend his curatorial talents for an immense exhibition of sculptures crafted by folk artists from all across the globe. Called “Super-Rough,” the presentation is an extension of the fair’s annual programming that champions dimensionality and handmade aesthetics versus the more sleek and “shiny consumer consciousness” of most contemporary art fairs.
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Takashi Murakami and PANGAIA Drop Limited-Edition Capsule for MoMA

Takashi Murakami and PANGAIA link up for a limited-edition capsule collection in support of #BeeTheChange initiative. The famed Japanese artist connected with PANGAIA last year on a range of colorful graphic tees and hoodies that aimed to raise awareness on bee conservation. That collection sold out within minutes of its release on World Bee Day; however, customers are getting another chance to cop some of the designs at the Museum of Modern Art.
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Takashi Murakami Releases Signature Flowers As NFTs

Takashi Murakami has unveiled his first ever NFT on OpenSea, an online marketplace for cryptocurrency collectibles. The famed artist announced his digital creations on Instagram, revealing that he was inspired to dip his toe into the buzzy medium while observing his children play Animal Crossing: New Horizons. “They were watching some fireworks display within the game while talking with their school friends, who they could no longer meet in person, through Zoom, admiring how beautiful it was,” his caption reads. “I saw the reality of the shifting values when I realized that these children could discern beauty within a virtual world.”
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Takashi Murakami Releases First NFT Artwork

Takashi Murakami has released his first-ever NFT artwork, which was apparently inspired by the landmark $69 million auction of Beeple's purely digital work. During the pandemic, Murakami watched the way his children interacted with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and how the reality of the virtual world was changing. “They were watching some fireworks display within the game while talking with their school friends, who they could no longer meet in person, through Zoom, admiring how beautiful it was,“ he explained.
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takashi murakami launches first-ever NFT — 108 variations of his signature flowers

Takashi murakami is the latest person to join the NFT craze. the world-renowned japanese artist has released a set of 108 variations of his signature flowers— a number that signifies earthly desires in buddishm — in OpenSea, the current largest NFT marketplace. the artist explained on monday that the decision was inspired by watching his children enjoy animal crossing: new horizons.
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