New YorkTakashi Murakami: An Arrow through History
Opening reception: Wednesday 11 May, 4pm–8pm
Japanese culture originally came from the Eurasian continent, and my concept has been to go beyond from there into the metaverse, shooting through the history of art with a single arrow.
Gagosian presents an exhibition of never-before-seen works by Takashi Murakami. With three simultaneous presentations spanning two of Gagosian’s New York galleries, at 976 and 980 Madison Avenue, An Arrow through History bridges his art in digital and physical realms and is augmented by experiential virtual components. This is Murakami’s first exhibition at Gagosian in New York since 2014 and represents a return for the artist to 980 Madison Avenue, where he had his inaugural exhibition with the gallery in 2007.
Murakami’s presentation at 976 Madison Avenue will consist of paintings and sculptures based on the CloneX NFT initiative (2021), which he developed in collaboration with RTFKT Studios. CloneX is a series of NFT avatars conceived as three-dimensional figures bearing his distinctive motifs. The fifth floor of 980 Madison Avenue will be devoted to paintings and sculptures related to the artist’s Murakami.Flowers NFT project (2021–22). Physical manifestations of the artist’s newest series of iconic flowers in multiple permutations of colors and features, they combine his Superflat aesthetic with a style that evokes nostalgia for the pixelated graphics of 1980s video games, especially those played on the Nintendo Famicon console. The sixth floor of 980 Madison Avenue is dedicated to new paintings on circular canvases inspired by a fish motif on a Qinghua blue-and-white porcelain vase that dates from China’s Yuan dynasty (c. 1279–1368) and by Murakami’s childhood memories of riverside journeys with his father, during which he observed anglers fishing for carp.
An Arrow through History will open in New York just ahead of a special exhibition dedicated to Murakami at the Broad in Los Angeles. Featuring all of the museum’s Murakami works and new immersive environments, Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow marks the artist’s first solo exhibition at the Broad, and will be on view from May 21 through September 25, 2022.
Gagosian is also pleased to announce that the gallery now accepts cryptocurrency. Through a partnership with Coinbase, payments will be accepted in Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), and USD Coin (USDC).
all images © the gallery and the artist(s)