Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 27
NATHAN KEAY/2008 TAKASHI MURAKAMI/KAIKAI KIKI CO., LTD.
acrylic and platinumleaf Flower Ball (Lots
of Colors), 2008.
Known for vibrant anime characters that bridge high culture and pop culture, Takashi Murakami has collaborated across the
cultural spectrum, with the likes of Kanye West and the Louis Vuitton fashion house. Running through September 16 at the
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Murakami's three-decade retrospective, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, ties the artist to ancient
Japanese art and folkloric traditions. His monumental paintings explore globalization, media culture, and nuclear power in evolutionary
series referenced by the title of the show: A threatened octopus, according to a Japanese adage, will eat its own leg in order
to survive, knowing another will grow in its place. themodern.org.
PASSPORT IS REPORTED BY: Elaine Glusac, Kimberley Lovato, Michele Filgate, and Michael Frank
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